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Tips for Running in the Cold

23 Jan


I’m not sure what temperature it is where you are, but in Michigan, apparently this is the norm. It’s.So.Cold. Blistering. Face-numbing. Hurts-to-inhale. Just plain cold. I guess that’s what I get for going to school in the south for 4 years-I forget what a REAL winter feels like!

I give those of you who are die-hard runners and are out there all year round; the mere thought of wearing that many layers makes me hit the infamous treadmill! I’m all for running in the cold and snow, but in negative temperatures? I’ll sit this one out.

Complaining over.

As in many facets of life, there are always ways to “cheat the system”. Here are tips to dress for success out in this mess (of temperatures?).

  1. Warmth in-Slush out. Socks that are made with Merino Wool allows for superior temperature regulation and moisture management while insulating your feet. Shoes that have the least amount of mesh will keep the slushy snow out.
  2. Dress for success. Gear-up like it’s 20 degrees warmer; layers of technical, wicking fabrics, with zippers at the neck and underarm area to vent air as you heat up. You should be slightly cool when you start. Keep this chart as a rule of thumb (source)

30 degrees: 2 tops (long-sleeve base layer and a vest keep your core warm) and 1 bottom (tights or fleece-lined athletic pants) Brooksie way outfit
10 to 20 degrees: 2 tops (add a jacket) and 2 bottoms (add wind-resistant pants0 to 10 degrees: 3 tops (swap a fleece shirt and another jacket) and 2 bottoms (whatever works at this point!)
Minus 10 to 0 degrees: 3 tops, 2 bottoms, extra pair of mittens (base pair and a thicker, fleecy pair) and a neck warmer/scarf/face mask/arm sleevesStanding arm warmers pre race
Minus 20 degrees: your entire closet of workout gear 61854194853942928_SkN7fz85_b

  1. Stand out. Reflective, flourescent gear will ensure safety running in the mornings or early evenings. Even a headlamp or carrying a small flashlight will prevent snow trucks mistaking you for snow!
  2. Warm-up in the Warmth. Doing easy calisthenics (think-jumping jacks, high knees, running the stairs) inside will help you transition to the temperature outside; the cold doesn’t feel AS cold when your body is warm.
  3. Release your Inner Model and Change Quickly. Your core body temperature drops as soon as you stop running; change your clothes as soon as you can. *Women-take off that sports bra and wrap your hair in a towel. Everyone chug drink something hot!

Stay warm 🙂

Sweatin’ in Style

3 Jan

Nike, Under Armour, Adidas, Reebok, Lululemon and Champion all ring a bell when it comes to workout gear, but what makes one better than the other? How comfortable you are, sweat prevention, fit, what technology the clothing comes with and price are things that are most valuable to us fitness folks. My first trip to Lululemon is what sparked this post and my interest in how people choose their workout attire.

A lil’ Lululemon history (since it’s very popular these days): Originating in Vancouver BC, Lululemon started out as a hub for yogi’s, runners and cyclers to come and discuss the health benefits of exercising while occasionally participating in yoga classes. The demand for the clothing that the instructors would wear and health chats grew tremendously, thus expanding the company throughout the Unites States. Thank you Chip!

Here are some things to keep in mind when shopping for your next workout accoutre:

  1. Comfort: when trying on various piece(s) from various brands, keep in mind that while you may be one size in Nike, you may not be that same size in Adidas; brands have different sizing (plus it’s not about numbers here!) Look for clothing that has spandex on the label, which won’t limit your range of motion. Too rough of fabrics will irritate skin and lead to chaffing. Don’t hesitate to break-out some squats and plyo’s while trying clothes on! That’s how you’ll be using the clothes-yes?Yes Katie!
  2. Sweatglistening Prevention: if you see the words “moisture wicking” on labels, this simply means that the clothing has fabrics to pull and absorb moisture from the skin, dry quicker and maintain the clothing for a lifetime. Hence-stay away from cotton if you’ll be sweatin’ up a storm!
  3. Fit: confidence in how you feel while exercising starts with what you’re wearing; if you feel content in your dad’s old baggy tee, then wear it; if a how-is-he/she-breathing-in-that-shirt/pant works for you, be my guest. Keep in mind, if you’re wearing baggy shirts and loose pants, your form may be at risk since you can’t see how your body is positioned; if you’re wearing too tight of a shirt or pant, your range of motion may be limited and you won’t get the full benefits of exercise. Black is always a flattering color to start out in; add trendy pieces (pink shirt, multi-colored head band) of clothing to your wardrobe as you gain confidence.
  4. Technology: as advances in technology expand, so will our clothing. Built-in reflectors, glow-in-the-dark jackets and pants, iPod holders, hidden pockets and so much more. Depending on what sport or activity you’re participating in, technology most likely will be up-to-date!
  5. Price: like anything you purchase these days; high-end brands (Nike, Adidas, Lululemon) come with a high-end price tag, lower end brands (Champion) come with a lower end price tag. This is personal opinion; one person buys a Nike running skirt for $50, one person buys a Champion running skirt $25; the bottom line? They’re both RUNNING!

As you can see, the theories behind workout gear are simple, can be motivating and are completely personal! My mother workouts in my dad’s old tee’s, leggings from Sam’s club and her little boy-sized high-top Air Force Ones..tied to the top and velcroed (yes, I’m serious), while I prefer more brand-name items. There are so many options, both high-end and lower-end, from stores that you wouldn’t think to sell exercise gear; GapBody, H&M, even Juicy Couture!

The most important message from this post is to be active in clothes that you exude confidence in , test and push your limits in, reach PR’s in and make you feel like a million buckaroos!

Nike LunarGlide+ 3

26 Dec

I recently purchased a new pair of running shoes and finally broke them in this morning! As a runner, I know that in order to prevent injuries, I should have new shoes every ~300 miles or so. Overtime, running shoes lose shock absorption, cushioning and stability as well as their look (important!)  I’m a big supporter in Nike shoes; I like the way they fit my feet, are light-weight and allow my feet to breathe.

I’ve run in Vomeros, Air Max+, Air Max Tailwind and now LunarGlide+ 3.

Compared to other running shoes, this shoe is solely for roads, not trails. Once I slipped my feet into them, I immediately felt how snug my feet felt and the support my ankles had thanks to the floating-heel support clip (keeping the back of my foot from pronating in/outward). I jumped up and down a few times and noticed the extra cushioning these had compared to my other shoes; great for runners like me who benefit from a little extra cushion for the pushin’ ;). The flexibility these shoes have is helpful when I “tip-toe” over rain puddles, my stride returns to normal without any awkwardness. My feet didn’t feel sweatyhot post-run due to the mesh “bootie” inside the shoe. Actually, my feet felt very airy throughout the entire run!

Usually when I’m breaking in a new pair of shoes I’ll do a mini run, but I felt so good in the Lunarglide+ 3’s that I ran 11 miles! No shin splints and no runner’s knee pain makes Katie a happy runner :D. If only these shoes came equipped with a software to watch where I’m stepping; when I got into my newly cleaned, waxed, vacuumed and freshly scented car, an odor quickly perfumed the entire inside. Praying my dad wasn’t playing a sick joke on me, I looked down and low-and-behold I stepped in dog poo. Wonderful.

Minus the new stench of one of my shoes (they are airing out as we speak!), the LunarGlide+ 3’s are a great running shoe with support, breathability and cushioning every leisure and/or competitive runner is looking for..A+!