I’ve been training for the NYC Half-marathon, which is coming up on Sunday, March 20. The training has been a bit brutal with the harsh weather. Even though it’s a milder winter for New York, it’s no easy feat to do long runs in 20-30 degree weather. I’ve compiled a list of the things that have helped me most when running in the cold. What would you add?
- Layers, layers, layers. Perhaps the most obvious thing you can do, but it’s so important. For your base layer, be sure it’s moisture-wicking for your sweat. I like a long-sleeve running shirt with either a pull-over or running vest on top.
- Keep your head warm. This year, I bought a fleece headband to cover my ears and forehead. Though it’s not the cutest thing in the world, it makes a world of a difference.
- On windy days, wear a hat. I love my new Nike running hat! I bought it mostly to shade my face from the sun (I don’t run in sunglasses), but I quickly realized that it’s a lifesaver at blocking wind. Just tilt your head down to let the wind pass over the bill of your hat instead of right into your face.
- Pack tissues. This might not be the case for everyone (if not, lucky you!), but my nose runs and my eyes water like crazy when it’s cold outside. Add in running and I am a streaming mess. Yes, you can use your sleeves, but having a few tissues tucked into a pocket or the waistband of your pants is really helpful!
- Warm up indoors. Before heading out of the house, do your stretches, jumping jacks, and butt kicks inside to get your body warm and heart rate up. It’ll sting less when you step outside ;).
BONUS: Promise yourself a warm bath when you get back from a cold run for some extra motivation.