COLD WEATHER PREP

HAVING RECENTLY MOVED TO A CITY WHERE THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE DURING THE WINTER MONTHS IS ANYWHERE FROM 10-18 DEGREES, WITH REAL FEELS FROM -20 TO 0, IT'S INCREDIBLY IMPORTANT TO WEAR THE RIGHT CLOTHING WHEN RUNNING OUTSIDE. EQUALLY, IF NOT MORE ESSENTIAL THAN GEAR, IS PREPARATION PRE AND POST RUN. NOW, SOME OF YOU MAY BE WONDERING WHY RUN OUTSIDE IN THE FRIGID COLD WHEN YOU CAN EASILY JUST RUN ON A TREADMILL SITUATED IN A CLIMATE CONTROLLED ROOM NEVER ABOVE OR BELOW A NEAR PERFECT 68 DEGREES. IT SOUNDS WONDERFUL, UNTIL YOU'VE BEEN STARING AT THE SAME WALL FOR OVER AN HOUR. IF YOU'RE LIKE ME (AND MOST RUNNERS) YOU REFER TO THE TREADMILL AS A DREADMILL AND DO ALMOST ANYTHING TO AVOID IT. SO HAVING THE QUINTESSENTIAL COLD WEATHER GEAR MAKES IT POSSIBLE TO VENTURE OUT IN MOST CONDITIONS. (-20 IS A LITTLE PUSHING IT!)

TYPICALLY, I START WITH A BASELAYER. I USUALLY WEAR THERMALS UNDERNEATH MY RUNNING APPAREL. IT KEEPS THE HEAT IN AS BEST IT CAN AND I AM ABLE TO WITHSTAND THE COLD TEMPS DURING MY LONG RUNS. THIS WINTER, NIKE'S AEROLOFT HYBRID RUNNING JACKET HAS BEEN A LIFE SAVER. IT HAS AEROLOFT TECHNOLOGY THAT DISPERSES HEAT TO ENSURE LASTING WARMTH ALONG WITH GOOSE DOWN INSULATED TRAPS AT THE CHEST AND BACK. IT'S LIGHTWEIGHT, PACKABLE AND COMPLETELY VOID OF FUSS. THE SHAPE FITS SEAMLESSLY AND ALLOWS FOR OPTIMUM MOVEMENT, ALL THE WHILE KEEPING THOSE FRIGID COLD TEMPS OUT AND WARM VIBES IN.

THE BOTTOM HALF OF MY BODY GETS COLDEST THE QUICKEST- IRONIC SINCE IT'S CONSTANTLY MOVING- SO I AM ALWAYS LOOKING FOR WAYS TO PREVENT THIS. I WEAR THERMAL LEGGINGS UNDERNEATH MY RUNNING TIGHTS AND TWO PAIRS OF SOCKS TO SHEILD MY FEET FROM THE WIND, SLEET AND SNOW. ON THIS MORNING'S RUN, I ROCKED NIKE'S FLASH RUNNING TIGHTS, PERFECT FOR SWEAT-WICKING AND LOW LIGHT/VISIBILITY. MY HANDS NEVER NUMB WEARING VAPOR SHIELD GLOVES. AS PER USUAL FOR LONG RUNS, I SWEAR BY MY LUNARGLIDES WHICH ARE ALWAYS LIGHT AND ALWAYS RESPONSIVE. THE AMOUNT OF SALT ACCUMULATED ON EVERY SURFACE OF THESE SNEAKERS PROVES INCLEMENT WEATHER DOES NOT STOP THIS CHICK.

ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT ELEMENTS OF RUNNING IS RECOVERY. MY RUNNING COACH, GERARD PEARLBERG, CANNOT STRESS ENOUGH THE SIGNIFICANCE OF TAKING CARE OF YOUR BODY POST RUN. I DO THIS BY STRETCHING AND REFUELING WITH A BALANCE OF PROTIEN, CARBS AND FLUIDS. AFTER THIS MORNING'S 9 MILER, I FOAM ROLLED 2 MINUTES EACH LEG AND SCARFED DOWN 2 EGG WHITES WITH BERRIES, OJ AND A PROTEIN SHAKE. I CONTINUED TO HYDRATE THROUGHOUT THE DAY AND PLAN TO STRETCH AGAIN BEFORE BED. WHEN THE WEATHER IS AS BITTER AS IT IS, IT'S CRUCIAL TO KEEP YOUR BODY WARM. A WARM BODY MEANS WARM MUSCLES. AND WARM MUSCLES MEANS LESS INJURY. COLD WEATHER PREP IS NO JOKE. WINTER IS HARDLY OVER ACCORDING TO PUNXSUTAWNEY PHIL AND WE HAVE MILES YET TO RUN. BUNDLE UP, IT'S COLD OUT THERE.

  • NIKE WOMEN'S AEROLOFT FULL ZIP RUNNING JACKET, HERE
  • NIKE FLASH WOMEN'S RUNNING TIGHT, HERE
  • NIKE VAPOR FLASH WOMEN'S RUNNING GLOVES, HERE 
  • NIKE LUNARGLIDE 6, HERE