winter running tips from rideau ambassadors

winter running gear from lululemon
Ready to run in the cold? Bundle up and read some great tips.

Winter is upon us, and the number one reason that runners or potential runners stay indoors is the COLD! There is nothing more invigorating than running on a cool, crisp winter day, with your running buddies and the feeling of accomplishment once you've done it!

how to dress for winter running

1. Dress as if it is 5-10 degree warmer than it actually is outside, as your body will warm up in 5-10 minutes after you start running.
2. Think layers, but avoid overdressing - start with a base layer and finish with a wind-resistant layer. With layers, it is also easy to take something off if you get too warm.
3. Use wind-resistant, technical fabrics - fabrics should be moisture wicking. Avoid cotton, as it soaks up moisture and sweat and promotes chafing. Socks should also be made of technical, moisture wicking material.
4. Cover all extremities - wear a hat, gloves/mittens, and a neck warmer or balaclava. Again, use products that are made of technical, moisture wicking fabrics. 40-50% of your body heat is lost through your head, so a hat is a must.
5. Use grips or tracks on your shoes to prevent slipping on ice.
6. Dress in bright colours, and use reflective gear or lights if you are running in the dark. Safety comes first - make sure that you can be seen!

We would love to hear some of your winter running tips below!

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Great post!!! We just received our first big dump of snow here in London. I’ve been waiting patiently for some character building weather to run in. It is quite reasonable to still go for a run outside even when temperatures dip below -20′C. The key is those layers and the technical fabrics. Especially in winter, wearing cottons (even underwear) can actually pose a sever safety hazard. Our run club in London has been heading out together twice a week for the last month or so now and will be building up to 30k for the Around the Bay race in Hamilton. I hope to see a strong representation from lulu there this year!!!!!

Comment by Brian — December 28, 2009 @ 8:59 pm

PS- I’ll be in for a visit at the Rideau Centre in February when I’ll be running the Winterman Marathon. (Feb. 21st)

Comment by Brian — December 28, 2009 @ 9:00 pm

The number 1 tip should be to check the current conditions before you go!

A lot of great advice, except for the covering the extremeties part. While a hat pretty much always a must, the concept of overdressing also applies to your face/hands. There’s nothing worse than wearing gloves that are too warm and ending up with cold hands during your long run. Ouch!

Comment by Nanookie — December 29, 2009 @ 1:27 pm

Great tips – thanks! As a newbie runner, I didn’t want to stop running because of the cold, but needed some advice. Quick question – when you say “grips or tracks on your shoes” what do you mean and where can I find those?


Comment by Christine — December 29, 2009 @ 3:44 pm

I’ve been training for the LA Marathon. So, when I headed out to Aspen CO for a winter vacation, I needed to keep up with my training schedule. I wore the Metal Vent Tech Short Sleeve under RUN:Freestyle Pull-Over. I was very comfortable throughout the run in these great pieces with amazing technical fabric. Though, as the sun dropped and visibility fell, I realized I was missing the most important piece of gear: a reflective vest/tape. It occurred to me that the only reflective element was probably the lululemon logo on the top of my Freestyle hood. lulu, will you incorporate more of the reflective strips on their garments?

Comment by David Weinrot — December 30, 2009 @ 7:50 am

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