Winter Running….10 tips that help Edgers survive.
1. Join a group or make an appointment to run with a buddy. No one ever quits on a run if they know there is a potential training partner waiting for them. Safety in numbers. We pray to the running gods that nothing goes wrong on the run but…..running with others gives you some help. Edgers have support on all their runs, water support and safety checking upon them. Our groups will run in any temperature above -40 degrees Celsius.
2. Layers!!!! When running in temperatures as cool as -39 degrees Celsius the trick is to wear layers of synthetic clothing made for running in cooler temperatures. Edgers will wear a light weight layer next to their skin top and bottom. Next they will make a choice on how heavy the next layer will be with a wind proof shell. Gloves and hat are essential to keeping the extremities warm (Balaclava is a best friend). Try different combinations of layer with varying temperatures
0 degrees: 2 tops, 1 bottom. Long-sleeve base layer and a vest keep your core warm. Tights (or shorts, for polar bears, Steve in our group).
0 to -10 degrees: 2 tops, 2 bottoms. A jacket over your base layer, and wind pants over the tights.
-10 to -20 degrees: 3 tops, 2 bottoms. Two tops (fleece for the cold-prone) and a jacket. Windbrief for the fellas.-20 to -30 degrees: 3 tops, 2 bottoms, extra pair of mittens, 1 scarf wrapped around mouth or a balaclava.
-30 to -39 degrees: 3 tops, 3 bottoms, 2 extra pairs of mittens, 1 balaclava, sunglasses. Or Edger Connie says to “Stay inside.
3. Snow tires for your feet. Gortex or tightly woven mesh make for the best protection from the wind and cold. Edgers use shoes with an aggressive sole for better traction on the snow, ice and cold ground.
4. Wear socks that wick moisture away to help keep the feet dry and warm.
5. Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from the wind and elements. Many sunglasses like Cebe have interchangeable lenses for different levels of light including clear lens for running at night.
6. Wear reflective, fluorescent gear, to be seen. Edgers wear Nathan reflective vests over top any top and flashlight belt wraps.
7. Be aware of street conditions. Avoid painted lines, sewers, man hole covers, metal bridge covers, and dark shinier surfaces (black ice). Be extra cautious running past snow banks, they can obscure the view of the driver and not see you running.
8. 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. To avoid a long, biting slog, you can break this into segments, running into the wind for about 10 minutes, turning around to run with the wind at your back for five minutes, and repeating. We use a one mile loop close to the store, a little boring but you stay warmer.
9. Edgers bring a change of clothes for after the run. We change out of our running gear immediately upon returning to the store and into comfy warm clothing for stretching.
10. Head to warmer climate during the worst of February. Self explanatory. Many of our Edgers head to Florida or Arizona.