Winter running advice:
If it's not below zero, bundle up and go...
Some people may think I'm crazy for this, but come on...Let's forget hybernating. Here are a few tips for smart layering to keep you warm during your winter workouts:
- Choose synthetics: Ban cotton from your workout wardrobe. Opt instead for fabrics made of moisture-wicking polyester blends (look for Coolmax, dri-fit or dri-release on the label). Lately my favorite find (at a good price) is the Layers brand. I've found some great tops that are Quick Dry and keep me super warm. I always like to look at TJ Maxx because they have top brands for low price. You can never go wrong with Underarmour or Nike.
- Warm your middle: Keep your midsection toasty by layering a tank top, long sleeve shirt and vest, depending on the temperature.
- Cover your head and hands: Nearly a quarter of your body heat escapes from the top of your head, so hats are great temperature regulators (off when you’re hot, on when you’re cold). For your hands, mittens work better than gloves because they allow your fingers to warm each other.
- Stay safe: Look for workout tops, vests and jackets that have reflective strips on the front and back. Plan to wear reflective gear as your top two layers. Also along this topic, be aware of your surroundings and don't run alone at night.
- Stay dry: For bad weather days, throw on a light wind and water resistant jacket over a short or long-sleeved base layer. Look for a shell with vents in the back and under the arms to pipe out body heat that could trap sweat.
I bundled up and ran a little over 3 miles tonight. I can't complain too much about the weather during my run. 33 degrees but luckily only a light breeze. I started out feeling really well and going at a pretty good pace. But then my problem lately is (and you may not want to even hear this..haha) that I have been dry heaving off and on and so it requires me to stop and walk a bit. Anyone have advice for this? I have been reading up on it and what I've found is that it may be dehydration or lack of hydration. So I've been trying to be more conscious about how much I drink during the day but it's still happening EVERY time I run. I've never had this problem before. So I'm all ears if anyone can help.
Anyone else have some winter workout tips they'd like to share? Or do you have any ideas, questions, or requests? I love ideas!!! Email me firstname.lastname@example.org