Limit Your Exposed Skin
Dave shared a few must-have items for keeping warm on a Winter run:
- A head and/or neck gaiter to cover exposed skin on your head or neck
- Compression tights to protect your legs and increase blood flow
- Mid-crew socks that come up to your mid-calf, so your legs and feet are fully covered
- Gloves with a windproof upper layer, an insulated inner layer for heat retention, and a section of breathable fabric so sweat can evaporate. Opt for mittens over gloves, which will separate your fingers and make them colder.
You want to cover up any exposed skin, which Dave described as "public enemy No. 1" when it comes to running in the cold. "Our body directs blood flow to exposed skin in an effort to keep it warm," he explained. Covering it up will encourage blood flow back to your working muscles, helping you maintain form and avoid injury.