Cold Weather Running
Written By: John Stanton
No matter how cold the temperature is outside, there are always ways and techniques to run safely and efficiently. This article states different tips on how to run in the cold so that the winter won't slow you down.
This article briefly describes one major factor in the decrease of running activity during the winter season. This is the psychological fear of the cold temperatures. Many people enjoy running in warmer climates because there are less climactic obstacles that prevent them from getting outside. In colder climates, many people are more likely to reduce their running activity outside because of their lack of knowledge about how to conquer the conflict of the cold weather. It is a fact that the human body temperature will decrease and can feel extreme uncomfort when outside in the cold, but as mentioned earlier in the text, this article suggests ways to adapt to cooler climates for a more enjoyable running experience.
After reading this article, I have a greater understanding of how to overcome some of the obstacles that are associated with running outside in below zero temperatures. It has certainly encouraged and motivated me to think about how I dress and the different factors that apply to maintaining proper body heat temperature. I think I could consider some of the techniques when attempting any intense outdoor activity, not just running. For example, cross-country skiing or building a quinzee. These activities can be fun, but they can also result in sweating which is not enjoyable because then it poses a health concern causing you to begin to freeze. This is bad because your body temperature is not regulated to fluctuate. It is important to wear clothing that collects sweat if it occurs. For example, polypropylene under garments and breathable outer jackets such as Versatech fabrics.
Some of the tips mentioned in the article are:
- Run into the wind and coast home with it at your back
- Remember that 50% of the body's heat is lost through the head. Therefore wear a balaclava or tuque to keep that area warm.
- In extreme cold temperatures, cover all exposed skin if possible.
- Always change into dry clothing as soon as you can, after you are finished.
Therefore, as a result of reading this article, I now have greater knowledge about the importance of how to prevent the obstacles that are involved with cold weather running. As well, many of the tips for running can be applied to any outdoor activity in the same temperatures.
Stanton, J. (Winter 2015). Cold Weather Running. Ottawa Outdoors.