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We all know summer is behind us, if you live in a location that has seasonal changes then you know mornings are cold now. Here in STL, it’s currently around 45 degrees in the early morning hours and sometimes it doesn’t get much warmer throughout the day.
If you’re a runner or planning to start running, this weather change presents new challenges. You can’t just through on a t-shirt and shorts and head out. A little more planning is required and it’s not just about what you wear but your safety is also something to consider. So I thought I’d give you some tips for running in the cold.
This is a hugely important topic that shouldn’t be taken lightly. For me, safetly means being able to do the following:
1. Be comfortable with your surroundings
In the winter, we know it gets darker earlier and darker longer in the morning. So if you’re heading out to run, make sure you: pick a run route you’re comfortable with and pay attention to the time of day. If it’s needed make sure you take a headlamp or knuckle lights to help you see. A reflective vest would also be good if you’re planning on running around vehicles. An pepper spray if need be.
2. Communicate if needed
I always run with three things when I run outside. A phone, an ID and a small amount of money. Why? You ask? Caroline had an experience at Hood to Coast that explains exactly why.
I also make sure someone knows that I am going for a run, how far I plan on going, and where I’m running. That way they can keep track of time and will know quickly if there’s a problem.
What to run in is always a game in cold weather.
So besides that, I love to LAYER, LAYER, LAYER and be prepared to shed and possibly hold a few layers through the remainder of your run.
They make all kinds of hats for running but the goal is to try to keep the heat in.