Wesbrook Village Running Room: Winter Running Tips


"We run in all kinds of weather all year round, we just have to be prepared for it." says Vicki the store manager at Wesbrook Village Running Room. The bonus of winter running is a double up on the calorie burn - we burn calories to run and we also burn calories to stay warm. However, how do we run safely in cold weather? Here are some tips:
1. Wear three layers: base layer, insulating layer and wind proof shell. Some clothing is quite efficient, such as Fit-Wear, and if you have this then two layers will suffice.

2. Do not expose too much skin. Keep all extremities covered, i.e. ears, hands, wrists, ankles and neck. Your respiratory area (nose and mouth) will stay warm because of the breathing business going on.

3. Apply Bodyglide or another type of body lubricant to any exposed skin to help protect it from the wind and drying effects of the cold.

4. Run in small loops close to your home base. If you find it is getting unbearable, you will not be too far away from shelter.

5. Bring cab fare, cell phone and I.D.

6. Tell someone where you are going (route map) and give that person an idea of your approximate time of arrival.

7. Clothing - I recommend wool socks and gloves and if you have them, Goretex shoes and icegrips!

8. Run with a group such as the Running Room’s Run Club, it makes winter running more fun!

Not every day will be a nice fall morning or a brisk spring evening, so being prepared for the weather is important. Meet the experts in the Wesbrook Village Running room at their scheduled free drop in Run Clubs every Wednesday at 6:00pm and Sunday morning at 8:30am or register for the Love 2 Run 5K run on Saturday February 11 to meet new people and celebrate the love of running!

Register now.