Thursday, February 14, 2013

Guest Post: Moore Family Food

Hey Everyone! Today, I have a special treat for you - a guest post from my friend, Melissa!

I met Melissa through running – she is one of those crazy fast girls and I would love to someday post marathon times like hers! We recently ran on the same relay team, M.A.S.S. Destruction, for the Icebreaker Indoor Marathon RelayRace. It was a ton of fun and hopefully we can do another relay together at some point.

Today, Melissa is going to share some of her best winter running tips. Thanks so much!

Hi guys, I’m Melissa and I spend my days blogging about food over at Moore Family Food. Most people who read my blog might not know it BUT I love to run. After spending most of my life in the sunny South, my crazy husband and I packed up our lives and moved to snowy Midwest. I hate, hate, triple hate the treadmill and therefore I run outside as much as possible. I am proud to report that I have only spent two days running inside this winter! People seem to be amazed that I drag myself out of bed at 6am when it’s below freezing but with the RIGHT gear and knowledge, it is not only POSSIBLE most of the time, it is even ENJOYABLE.  

This can look pretty intimidating without the right gear and preparation!

The Rules of Winter Running

1. Dress in layers - When the weather app on your phone is reading negative temps you might be tempted to just run in your ski jacket but don’t! Big and heavy clothes will weigh you down and cause you to sweat thus actually making you COLDER. It’s best to dress  in warm but light layers. Consider a wicking base layer under a jacket or fleece. 

2. Take it easy - I try not to have too many expectations about runs, especially when the snow is deep.  Running in snow is a lot like running in sand. Take it easy, watch for ice, and enjoy the scenery! 

3. Consider a pair of YakTrax - What in the world is a YakTrax? It’s a traction device made to fit onto your running shoes. They are perfect for running when there is a layer of ice or snow on the ground. I have the PRO version because I often run in the early morning when the sidewalks have yet to be plowed. They do have a running version with a variety of removable features so you can tailor them to your environment.   

4. Invest in quality gear - When it’s below zero, not any old article of clothing will do. Some clothes are specifically made for the snow and while it may be hard to stomach the higher price tag, it WILL be worth it. Plus you won’t be wearing them too often so they should last you for at least a few winters. Check out your local running store and ask the staff for recommendations. I personally love my gear from Craft and Sugoi.

 
  Warm mittens are a must during winter runs

Thanks again Melissa, for sharing all these great winter running tips! 

Fellow runners: Do you run outside during the winter months or hit the treadmill?

I'll admit, I'm a wimp when it comes to the cold, wind and ice and log many miles on the treadmill/dreadmill/sweatmill!

- ST

8 comments:

  1. Hi Melissa! I won't run if it's colder than the 40s outside. I'm such a baby!

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    1. Give it a try sometime, Alysha! But pick a day without ice on the sidewalks/road :)

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  2. Awesome post! I definitely agree with the tip on quality gear. I'm SO cheap, so you know that's saying something ;)

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    1. It's important to pick areas to save and areas to splurge! Running gear is definitely an area to splurge :)

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  3. Great post! These tips are really helpful because I am definitely over the treadmill this winter!

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    1. Me too - The tm definitely tests you mentally after awhile!

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  4. Good blog. I live in Canada (in Saskatchewan - middle, flat prairie province) and winter is pretty darn cold. I run 3-4 times a week year round. All your tips are good. I'd only add that if it's quite cold, plan some stops along the way where you can get some water and warm up. I can't carry water with me very long because it freezes!
    Shawn D.

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    1. Thanks for reading Shawn and good tip about adding a few stops along the way during a long run. I bet Canadian winters are pretty brutal!

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