Cold weather runner, Chris Farley braved the cold to run from Georgetown to our studio on Wisconsin Avenue, northwest.
Chris is the owner of Pacers Running Store – which has six locations in and around the metro area. https://www.runpacers.com/
Here are some Cold Weather Running Tips from Chris Farley:
1. Dress as if it were 10-15 degrees warmer than it actually is. It seems like a good idea to put on everything in your closet when it's cold outside, but your body will warm up as you run.
2. Wear synthetic fibers and layer appropriately. Base layers should fit snugly. Outer layers should protect against elements-wind, snow, etc. Look for features to adapt as you run- thumb holes, cuffins, jackets that unzip and adapt to changes in weather.
3. Use a facemask when it is freezing outside. By inhaling into the fabric first, you'll warm your breath before it enters your body, creating less of a shock for your lungs.
4. Invest in a good pair of gloves and a nice hat. Look for features that adapt to your run- gloves that can also be mittens, wind shields, reflectivity, or lights.
5. Be ready to adjust your route and pace in winter conditions. Be aware that roads and sidewalks may be icy or slippery. Shorten your stride and stick to routes with cleared pathways.
6. Be as visible as possible. Winter days are shorter, so give bikes, cars and other runners as many points of visibility as possible. Wear reflective gear and lights at different heights.
7. Don't forget about hydration! Just because it's cold outside doesn't mean your body doesn't need water.