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Running in a Winter Wonderland

Running in a Winter Wonderland

Baby, it is most certainly cold outside! That being said, frigid temps don’t always mean you have to ditch your outdoor run. If you are an avid outdoor runner but find it hard to lace up the sneaks and hit the snow-covered pavement when it’s a blistering 6 degrees out, let Pinnacle Fitness Club give you some running tips to help you plow through the winter season (see what we did there).

Get Motivated

Whatever you gotta do to get yourself out there, in the words of Nike, just do it. We suggest enlisting the help of a running buddy. When you’re being held accountable by someone else to show up, you’re less likely to wimp out.

Set a goal for yourself; even if it’s just five to ten minutes outside and share that goal with your running buddy. We’ve mentioned in a previous blogpost that people who shared their goal with a friend were 33% more likely to be successful in achieving those goals than those who did not. Plus, once you get out there, you’re more likely to stay out there.

Protect Your Feet

This should be a no brainer, but in case it slipped your mind, be sure to always guard your feet from the cold! You can do this by wearing shoes with very minimal mesh. Check out this list of the best winter running shoes of 2015. Pair with socks that keep your feet warm but wick away wetness; a popular pair are SmartWool socks. If you can’t swing either of those options, a simple, cheap and effective way to protect your little piggies is to put plastic bags around your feet and then put your shoes on. So, it goes: socks, plastic bag, shoes. Boom, dry.

Dress Appropriately

Just as you need to protect your feet from the elements, the same goes for your body. You want to dress to be warm enough, without getting a chill. A general rule of thumb is to dress as if it’s 20 degrees warmer out. You should be aiming for layers of technical fabrics with zippers at the neck and armpits to vent air as you heat up during your run. Check out this slideshow of winter running gear that will keep you warm, but not too warm, on your next run.

If you’re gonna brave the cold and head out when it’s ranging anywhere from 10 degrees to 10 below, make sure you always have two bottoms and three tops on. Something like a scarf or a balaclava to cover your mouth isn’t a bad idea either. Of course, you know what you’re the most comfortable in and what works for you. Don’t be afraid to experiment with your layering!

Warm Up

You should always warm up pre-run, but this is especially important when you’re running in a winter wonderland. Move around inside enough to get your blood flowing and your muscles prepped without breaking a sweat. You could power clean your house (two birds with one stone, folks), run up and down some stairs, or do some yoga sun salutations. The cold doesn’t feel so cold when you’re already warm.

If you think you still can’t muster up the strength to get out and brave the cold, we have plenty of cardio equipment and an indoor track to help you maintain your healthy lifestyle! And don’t forget that on Fridays you can bring your running buddy with you!