5 Cold Weather Running Hacks
Keep your hands and feet covered.
Make sure your toes stay toasty with high-quality socks. Select shoes with the least amount of mesh to keep out slush. You can also grab hand warmers and stick them inside your gloves to stay extra warm.
Dress 15-20 degrees warmer than it actually is.
While you want to be prepared for the elements, you do want to dress as if it’s 15-20 degrees warmer outside than it actually is. On a brutal 0 degrees day, this doesn’t make a ton of difference, but when it’s 20 or above, keep it in mind so you don’t start your run in a parka and find yourself tearing it off mid-way. You need to dress to compensate for how your body will warm up as you run.
Do an indoor warm-up.
This is one of the best cold-weather running hacks we have: warm up before you go outside. Use some basic moves before heading out to build internal body heat and lubricate your muscles and joints. Squats, push-ups and lunges are all great bodyweight exercises that will warm up your body so the frigid winter air isn’t as much of a shock when you head out your door.
Put Vaseline on exposed skin.
Surviving a winter run is all about staying safe and warm and avoiding frostbite in the process! One of our favourite cold-weather running hacks involves that fabulous cure-all, Vaseline. In extremely cold temperatures, rub it on your nose, ears, and cheekbones. These areas are high spots on your face and can suffer frostbite more quickly; the Vaseline forms a natural barrier between you and the cold.
Run with the wind at your back.
A substantial wind chill can turn a semi-cold day into a bone-chilling one. Try your best not to run into the wind, and if you have to, do it in the first half of your run. That way, the home stretch of your workout won’t be coupled with intense winds.