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Runner's World

10:32 AM on Monday, January 9, 2017

10 Tips to Make Winter Running Less Miserable

1. Get Motivated – Make a date to run with someone or join a group run. You’re less likely to back out if someone is waiting to run with you.

2. Arm Your Feet – To keep warmth in and slush out, run in shoes with the least amount of mesh.

3. Dress Appropriately – You want to be warm without sweating so much you’ll get a chill. Rule of thumb: dress as if it’s 20 degrees warmer.

4. Be Seen – Wear reflective, fluorescent gear, and don’t be shy about lighting yourself up like a Christmas tree

5. Warm Up Prerun – Move around inside enough to get the blood flowing without breaking a sweat. Run up and down your stairs, use a jump rope, or do a few yoga sun salutations.

6. Deal With Wind – Start your run into the wind and finish with it at your back, so the breeze doesn’t blast you after you’ve broken a sweat.

7. Forget Speed – Winter running is more about maintenance miles than speedwork.

8. Change Quickly Postrun – Your core body temperature drops as soon as you stop running. To avoid a lingering case of the chills, change your clothes—head to toe—as soon as you can.

9. Deal With Rain – If you have to dry shoes overnight, crumple up newspaper and cram it tightly into your shoes, with the insoles removed. The newspaper soaks up the moisture.

10. Go Someplace Warm – For runners in the South who want to race close to home, winter is the only time when temperatures are moderate enough to go after a personal record, which is why Florida alone offers many wintertime marathons.

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