Now, Sunday’s Half Marathon is looking to be chilly, so read on for tips on running in these conditions. Please keep in mind that these conditions may not be ideal for setting a PR or hitting aggressive time goals, and be sure to take note of course time limits and consider a race day strategy that allows for a comfortable and safe finish.
Tips for Running in the Cold Weather
- Consider your clothing: layer layer layer. Do your best to cover your entire body to protect from cold air and wind. Outer layers should be lightweight and wind-resistant. Ideally, wear layers of clothes so you can shed them as you go, or adapt (such as rolling up sleeves, tying around waist, unzipping, etc.).
- Don’t forget your head, hands, and feet. Extremities are often the first place you’ll feel the cold during a winter run, so don’t forget warm socks and gloves.
- Check some warm gear. Get out of wet clothes immediately after the race. It’s important to change the clothing closest to your body to stay warm and dry.
- Moisturize. Chap-stick, anti-chafing creams and moisturizers will protect your skin against dry air and wind burn.
- Stay warm before your race. Be prepared for a lengthy outdoor wait before your race start, as you check gear, stretch and get into corrals.
- Hydrate. Just like any other racing conditions, remembering to hydrate while running in cold weather is important. Drink Gatorade to help replenish the electrolytes lost by sweating under your layers.
- Listen to your body. If you don’t feel right, stop at a medical station to get checked out or stop any race or city official you see on course who can help you seek assistance.
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