Student Life

Don’t hibernate – run!

When the wind chill is negative five degrees, it is hard to find the motivation to go faster and further while running down the street in three shirts and four pairs of pants. For those who are not fans of the “hamster wheel” feel of a treadmill, here are some tips for keeping those outdoor running workouts during the wintery weather.

First, be smart with layering your clothes. The first layer needs to be synthetic so that it wicks sweat and moisture away. The number of layers over that initial layer depends on the temperature. Experts state that runners should dress for twenty degrees warmer than what the temperature outside is, so if it is 10 degrees, dress for 30 degrees. The outermost layer should be waterproof, in case of a pop-up rain shower, or more likely, a snow shower. A lot of body heat escapes from the head, so wearing a hat is advised. If hats aren’t your style, make sure that you at least wear an ear band.

Darkness seems to overtake the winter months, with the sun rising around 8 a.m. and setting as early as 5 p.m. Since it is very likely that you will be running in the dark, make sure that you light-colored clothes and are seen. It is especially hard to see a runner when there are plowed snowbanks on the sides of roads. The best option is to wear reflective gear and an armband that lights up. A flashlight could also be carried.

Don’t worry so much about your speed during the winter. It’s hard to tell yourself to go faster when all you want to do is turn around and go home. Keep up your stamina instead, and go for time-dropping runs when the air is warmer.

Change your clothes quickly after your run. Body temperature drops as soon as you stop running, so the cold, damp clothes need to be replaced – preferably after a shower – with dry, warm ones. Drinking a hot drink, like coffee or tea, is also a good idea to help warm up.

Many use the winter as a period of hibernation, and most do feel decreased energy during these few months. Instead of giving into these feelings, get out there and exercise.

About Emma Hughes

Emma Hughes is a first year journalism student and staff reporter for the McNicholas Milestone. She is involved in service club, spirit club, and plays three varsity sports: tennis, lacrosse, and swimming. She is also a student ambassador. In her free time, Emma likes to write and spend time with her friends and family.

Discussion

No comments yet.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Enter your email address to follow The Milestone and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 1,622 other followers

Follow us on Twitter!

Photo of the Week

Theology teacher Teresa Davis' E Bell Comparative World Religions' class celebrates the traditional Indian holiday of Holi on May 15. Students paid $2.50 each to participate, throwing the colors on the practice field in Paradise.

%d bloggers like this: