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Kim and I want to thank everyone again for linking up with us every week!  We love reading your posts and comments.  We love learning more about you and from you with each post.  We may not respond right away (I finished reading Tuesday’s posts on Saturday and replied to comments on Sunday), but life happens and adulting is hard.  🙂

This week’s Tuesday Topic: What are your Winter weather running tips?  You can write about this topic or feel free to post any running related blog post.  Remember to Link-up with Kim and Zenaida!  Visit at least two of the other linked posts – the more the merrier!  Remember to come back for later linkers!

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I will start off by mentioning that Wendy wrote a GREAT post on this topic.  Read hers first.  🙂

It is not officially winter yet but last week we got snow and the weather dropped down to freezing cold.  I ran one day and did not want to venture out the other days mostly because of the ice.  Yes, I could have run at the gym but the thought of running on the treadmill, left me with NO desire to run at all.  It is so weird how one summer I did almost all of my runs on the treadmill.

I know Winter will be officially here in a few weeks and I want to share some of my tips for Winter weather running:

• Layering with the right clothes.  All of my running clothes are from Oiselle.  Depending on how cold it is, I wear a short sleeve or tank followed by a long sleeve shirt and a jacket.  I also love the wazzie wool top.  Don’t overdress because even though you feel cold in the beginning, eventually you will warm up. 

• The right gear.  Definitely a hat and gloves (I like Super Puff Mittens and Power On Gloves).  I also wear a gaiter to protect me from the wind.

• Hydrate.  Just because it is cold does not mean you should not be drinking water while out on a run.  <<That’s what I used to think.  You can still dehydrate just like you would in the summer.  

• Warm up.  I wrote in this post that I never do any kind of warm up.  I started working with a new coach and he told me I have to warm up before every single run.  Now, I really have no choice.  🙂  Today I did a few dynamic workouts and I was hot before I went outside.  

• If it is really cold out and/or icy, then run indoors.  It isn’t worth falling (that is my fear).  But if you “must”, then listen to your body and go indoors or home if needed.

• Skip the run.  There is nothing wrong with staying home to catch up on a TV show or read a book.  Maybe even take a nap?

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94 Comments on Tuesday Topics: My Winter weather running tips and a birthday giveaway!

  1. Thank you for the shout out! And in spite of all my advice, I slipped on black ice last weekend. Geez. I’m ok, tho.

    Happy Birthday, Zenaida!

  2. Thanks for your winter tips! Being in Florida, I don’t have to battle with the cold, but I sympathize with all my running buddies up north. Keep warm – and enjoy the runs when the sun is out and the paths are clear. There are some nice aspects about winter running that I miss!

  3. Great tips!! Winter running is not for everyone, but I embrace it (once I get adjusted to the cold temps). Happy Birthday!

  4. I agree with layers so that you don’t overdress. You can always remove the top one.

    I rarely warm up but I know I should…usually the first mile is SLOW so that’s my warm up.

    I din’t run on the treadmill but if the weather is icy, I skip it. It’s not t he end of the world to miss a run.

  5. I run outdoors year round and love it! I definitely prefer the cold to the heat and plan to be out this winter as I have previous winters. On icy/snowy days where it’s just not safe to run, I wear snow boots and at the very least take a walk, walking as slow and I need to. It’s still fun.

  6. Happy birthday! There are what, 5 of us in the linkups? Deborah, Deb, Coco, you and me. Team November babies. I really should do a giveaway. Thanks for the idea

  7. Happy birthday! I like running in the cold, but I agree that sometimes the best option is taking a nap instead.

  8. Happy Belated Birthday 🎊 I like to run or power walk daily. I miss running outdoors in the winter months, but you are inspiring me to run outdoors.

  9. Happy Birthday to you! Mine was Nov. 12th and hubby was Nov. 23rd Thanks for such a great giveaway!

  10. Happy Birthday… Layers is always best when your out on a jog always a jacket that can be tied around the waste helps.

  11. Happy Birthday! I hope it was grand! My youngest turns 18 months in a week and my middle child is getting ready to turn 11 in 2 weeks. It’s a busy time of year. Lol.

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