Thursday, December 16, 2010

Winter Running

Recent news reports have focused on the severe winter weather that has suddenly hit Canada. For a lot of runners this weather can be discouraging. Winter running does not have to be extreme or unsafe, it should be fun. Cold weather running should be exhilarating as it is a great way to get fresh air, spend some outdoor time with friends, and enjoy the beauty of the season. It all depends on how well prepared you are for the weather. Wearing the correct clothing and being prepared for the cold can be the difference between having fun and discouragement. When putting on your running gear make sure to think about these three layers:
  1. Wicking Layer: Synthetic Material that moves moisture away from the body, preventing you from getting chills
  2. Insulating Layer: Keep your body warmth close to you preventing you from getting cold
  3. Shell Top Layer: A jacket to protect you from the cold wind and water…well snow!
Other items that are recommended for runners are:
  • Positive attitude
  • Running Hat
  • Two pairs of running gloves
  • Neck Warmer
Reference from the SIRC Collection:
Mandel, C. (2009). Winter Running Guide. Canadian Running, 2(1), 62-63.

Other SIRC Resources:
SIRC Winter Newsletter
Cold Weather Resources

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