9 Cold-Weather Running Tips To Get You Through Those Chilly Winter Runs

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Layer Up

Wear moisture-wicking base layers to keep sweat away from your skin, followed by insulating layers and a windproof outer shell.

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Protect Extremities

Wear a hat or headband to cover your ears, gloves or mittens to protect  your hands, and moisture-wicking socks to keep your feet dry and warm.

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Choose the Right Shoes

Opt for running shoes with good traction to prevent slips on icy or  snowy surfaces. Consider using trail running shoes for added grip.

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Warm-Up Indoors

Spend a few minutes doing dynamic stretches or light exercises indoors  before heading out. This can help warm up your muscles and prepare your  body for the cold.

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Run During Daylight

If possible, run during daylight hours to increase visibility and avoid icy patches or hidden hazards on the road or trails.

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Stay Hydrated

Despite the cold weather, it's essential to stay hydrated. Drink water  before, during (if running long distances), and after your run.

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Protect Your Skin

Apply a layer of moisturizer or petroleum jelly to exposed skin to  prevent windburn and chapping. Use sunscreen on any exposed areas, as UV  rays can still cause damage in winter.

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Wear reflective or brightly colored clothing and gear to ensure visibility to drivers, especially in low-light conditions.

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Be Visible

Listen to Your Body

Pay attention to how your body feels during the run. If you experience  numbness, excessive shivering, or dizziness, it's essential to seek  shelter and warmth immediately.

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