Posted by Chief run commuter on September 18, 2012 in Equipment |

Here we have a welcome guest post from ‘The Running Outlet’.  Read their take on night time running. It’s getting chilly out there, Brrrr!!

As the days get shorter and the nights get colder, outdoor runners have to make a few adjustments if they are going to continue to run in the shorter daylight hours.

It is important for runners not to give up their outdoor running just because it’s a bit colder.

It is refreshing to run in the cold weather; it will be great for boosting energy levels and will banish those winter blues, not to mention chasing all the high calorie winter comfort food right off the hips. Come bikini season again, you won’t have the stress and misery of having to embark on a crash diet, and head out to a strenuous boot camp to banish the sins of winter!

There are some important things to take care of so that running in the chilly winter months doesn’t make you sick or give you a chill. It is super important to remember to protect your feet and hands while running outside, as they are the first body parts to be exposed to the elements. In fact, more than 30% of your body’s heat leaves the body through the hands and feet, so running with gloves will be essential.

But you can’t just run with any gloves, you will need the right material to cope with any sweat. The ClimaCool Running Gloves from Adidas are ideal for keeping your hands cosy and warm and the specialised material has both insulating and breathing properties that will not only keep your hands warm, but dry as well. They are unisex and good value for money, so you and your beloved can get matching pairs for when you go trotting around the park.

They also have piping in reflective material so if you happen to still be running after dark or in low lighting, you can still be visible, and they are made from 100% lightweight polyester.

Another important aspect to remember for running in winter is to always cover your head. Almost half your body’s heat escapes from your head. If you wear a hat while you are running you will lose less heat, and it can be evenly distributed throughout the rest of your body. For those really frosty mornings, it may be a good idea to wear a scarf or running mask over your face to help you breathe without your chest feeling like it is exploding and of course, to protect your face.

Even though it may be cold, resist the urge to totally overdress. If you are perfectly warm and toasty in your running gear before you have left the house, chances are you are going to feel like you are completely overheating right at the beginning of your run. A good basic rule when dressing for running in the cold winter climate is to dress as if it always 20 degrees warmer outside the house than it really is.

If you have asthma then you may want to check with your doctor before running in the cold as it can bring on a tight chest. Other than that, don’t forget to drink water and get off the couch and get out there!

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