Wondering what to wear on your winter run to keep safe and comfortable? Check out the basics here in the latest Tribe Fitness #TribeTV video.
The weather this past week has certainly been frightful. A huge drop in temperature makes that couch seem a lot more pleasing then a chilly, windy run. But for my run crew at Tribe Fitness, hibernation is not an option.
Last week I was invited to speak at the first of four runners workshops at lululemon Queen St. West, leading a 5km run and then highlighting some important winter running basics.Here are three things you should keep in mind when heading out for a winter run:
1. Motivation: What’s going to get you out the door? Is it near gear? Signing up for a race? Keeping your New Years Resolution or promise to yourself? Or what about a friend or Tribe to run with? When that warm couch is calling your name, you need to find something greater to get you outside. For me it’s always my Tribe. Confession: I would stand myself up, but never my crew. Find something or someone that will motivate you to get out there and stick with it.
2. Safety: Nights are longer which means visibility is at an all time low. Be sure you dress bright and have reflectivity or lights to see and be seen. Be aware for the conditions on the road, knowing that cars won’t be able to stop as quickly, and tread carefully while running through ice and snow. Winter running is typically a time to focus on strength vs speed. If you are headed outdoors, be sure to run smart, and stay safe.
3. Gear: Having the right running gear during the winter months can make or break your run. It’s a fine art finding the perfect amount of layers for you and your body temperature. Be sure to stick with technical fabrics. Consider a moisture wicking bottom layer, something that will pull sweat, or slush from the body. Next is your warming layer, something to help insulate and keep you warm. Top that off with a protective layer depending on the specific conditions. If it’s windy or rainy, you’ll need something to either cut the wind or keep you dry. And make sure that top layer is bright, yes I already said this point, but it’s an important one. Gloves and hats are always a must, and for me wool socks are where it’s at. They keep your feet toasty and wick away any snow and slush that might make it through your shoe. Shoes with a more lather upper vs a mesh upper are ideal, and consider a trail show which has a great tread for when conditions are snowy and icy.
The Winter Running Basics series continue every Thursday for the month of January at Lululemon Queen St West. it’s free and open to all levels of runners.
What are some of your winter running musts? Post them in the comments below!
This is definitely one of the coldest winters that I remember in a long time , but that hasn’t stopped the Tribe! Just because Jack Frost is lingering outside your door, doesn’t mean it’s time for hibernation – in fact, hibernation isn’t an option!
Here are 5 tips to keep active outdoors this winter!
1. Dress For The Weather.
Layering is key. Many of the tribe team who are going on their first winter run ask about clothing and layers when getting active in the cold. Here are some tips:
- choose technical exercise clothes and outerwear
- first layer should be thin and thermal layer — a moisture wicking tank top and fleece lined tights
- mid layer is about warmth – a lightweight fleece hoodie or jacket
- outer layer should protect you from the winter or rain —think a jacket/shell or vest, and pants. This outer layer should give you warmth without bulkiness and enable you to peel off the layers as you heat up.
- top it of with hat, mitts, and a scarf as appropriate
Still need help? Check out this handy guide from Runner’s World!
2. Make a Date (with your real family, or fit family).
Two facts: 1. Healthy misery loves company. 2. You are less likely to bail on a friend then you would on yourself. So, on these cold winter days invite a friend and get a move on! Whether it’s a new hobby (see below) or simply a walk in the park. Make a date and stick with it. If you’re looking for a team to start running with, #JoinTheTribe!
3. Learn a New Hobby (or Pick Up An Old One).
Winter is a great season for outdoor sports! Whether you are learning one for the first time or revisiting one from your past so much fun can be had on the hills, or around them. Downhill and cross-country skiing, snowboarding, snow shoeing, and ice skating are all great snow-based activities that are a lot of fun even for beginners. If this is your first time on the slopes or on the ice, consider taking lessons, either weekly or one off, to learn from a pro and be successful from the start.
4. Start Simple: Walk.
If you haven’t been active in winters past, walking is a great way to start moving and get used to the cold. There’s no need to wait after work hours, consider starting a noon hour walking club at work and get outdoors during your lunch. Make sure you are dressed for the weather!
Take a hint from the kids (either yours or someone else’s) and just go outside and play! Build a snowman, throw a snow ball, get a move on, and have some fun! Playing outside is fun at any age.
How do you stay active in the winter? Share your ideas in the comments below!