(Please note I am not a coach or running expert. I simply provide thoughts/ advice based on my own experiences)
I always thought the runners outside in the winter were slightly crazy. That was until I was accepted onto the Hope Express team which required us to train in cold, snow and wind.
My layers are usually as follows: (from close to the body out)
- Sports bra
- Under Armour cold gear long sleeve shirt
- Loose fitting t-shirt
- Running jacket (with breathable fabric)
- Under Armour cold gear running tights
Most would not believe me that I come back red faced. But its true. At Disney it was only 55 degrees when I finished and I was soaking wet.
Its important to note that I also built up to running outside. My stride, pace and breathing all changed when transitioning outside. I also transitioned from the treadmill to running outside again when then weather started to cool off in September so my lungs gradually adjusted with the dropping mercury.
Question of the Day: Would you rather run in 20 degrees or 80 degrees? The Hope Expresser in me loves cold weather running!