Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Getting Over Cold Feet

Getting over cold feet-Stephania Varalli
The article "Getting Over Cold Feet" is an article that talks about winter running. I have recently began running and have never really thought of it as more of a summer sport. Reading this article though, has made me realize why i may not like running in the winter, and the main reason is the cold.

The author of the article talks about her first experience of winter running, and that it was very tough at night and without the proper gear. A list of the gear you will need for winter running is provided, and the first step to good gear is to cover your extremities; hands feet and head. These are important for keeping your core temperature from dropping. For your body, you need a skin-tight, moisture wicking layer and then a looser jacket. They also talk about keeping hydrated and how most people who run in the winter don't think they're sweating as much when they actually are. Taking water outside in the winter just means you'll have frozen water, so they suggest keeping it under your layers or getting a specialized bottle. Another tip they gave was to look at the weather and then add 10 degrees to that temperature to plan what you will wear. Adding the ten degrees makes up for the heat your body will create while you're running. Another thing mentioned abut the weather was to make sure you run into the wind to start, and having wind at your back when you are the most tired. Keeping your runs short to avoid overexposing yourself to the elements and knowing your limits weather wise are key to safe and enjoyable winter running. It doesn't make sense to run on a day right after an ice-storm or running for so long that your sweat freezes to your outside layer. Running with a group of people is something they mention for keeping yourself safe, and taking a phone or bus pass in case of emergency.

This article was very helpful to me because it shows that you don't have to be full out hardcore to run in the winter, you just have to have ambition, and the right gear to help you out. These tips will definitely come in handy the next time i decide "its too cold for a run" when really i can jjst dress warmly and have a great experience.

Varalli, Stephania. "Getting Over Cold Feet". adventura magazine (winter edition). pg.14. Dec. 15 2011

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