For avid runners, even frigid temperatures do not prevent them from getting a run in. While this is great for your health, it is still important to take into account your feet! When running in the winter, your entire body can easily become very cold without the right gear. What works in the spring or fall will not pass in the winter as acceptable running clothes, particularly in the Midwest! If you are a runner, make sure to follow these tips during the winter to stay warm:
One of the most overlooked aspects of running in the winter is your socks. Many think that as long as you have thicker socks on, you’ll be set. However, the material is what matters more than how thick the socks are. Moisture-wicking socks will be your best friend, and search for fabrics such as acrylic, CoolMax, or wool rather than cotton. As long as the material is right, you can also double up on socks if it is cold enough, and your shoes still fit properly. Extra bonus: you can put hand warmers in your shoes as well!
Aside from socks, you will want to find a pair of running shoes with little mesh, or trail running shoes that are at least a bit waterproof. This will be especially important if you are unable to avoid wet ground. Once you have the right shoes, think about the top of your head. You can lose up to 10% of your body heat from the top of your head, so it is important to always wear a hat! Find a wool or synthetic-blend hat that will help wick away sweat.
Clearly, the beginning of your run will be the coldest. To combat this, warm up in your home prior to leaving the house. Move around, job in place, etc., to get your heart beat going so that you will not be as cold when you first leave the house. Always keep blood flowing to your feet for a couple of minutes before your run to stay comfortable throughout the route.
Overall, running outside in the winter is doable. However, it is important to know when it is too cold. Look at the wind chill rather than the base temperature, as this will inform you of how chilly it is outside. Once it reaches negative temperatures, it is time to consider an at-home workout!
Courtesy of: Very Well