Friday, January 12, 2018

Staying Warm in the Winter

Ever since I knew I was moving to Colorado, I've had to up my game about running outside.  It was much easier in Texas, but I've had to brush up on tips and tricks in Colorado, especially since I hate being cold.


Our winter's been mild so far, and in fact a drought has been declared.  The spring brings the big storms, so we'll see how that goes.

1) Layering is key, especially since I warm up quickly when I start running.  I was never really a vest person, and a few years ago my parents gave me a vest for my birthday.  My thought was what the heck am I going to do with THIS??  Now I use it all the time, and I've asked for another vest for my birthday this month.



2) Bundle under layers inside.  I have a couple throws for the living room, one of which I got for Christmas.  There's nothing like yoga pants, sweatshirts, and blankets to veg out after a run.

3) If it is cold outside, I recommend some hot chocolate after the run.  I love the hot chocolate made with hot milk.  A lot of studies have shown milk is great for recovery, so why not recover from the run, and warm up at the same time?


4) If it's too cold, or icy, or blizzard conditions, staying inside is always an option.  It's gotten better since I got my treadmill, but if runners need to switch things up and do a home workout instead of run, that's OK too.


5) Get a cat!  Allie produces her own heat, but she loves to snuggle when it's cold out.  She's my ultimate thermometer.


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20 comments:

  1. Layers are key! I feel like after the last few weeks of crazy cold, I can fun in any temps now.

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    1. Trial by fire... or whatever the icy equivalent is.

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  2. Hot chocolate! Yum!! We have had the craziest winter here...glad yours Has been kind of mild!

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    1. It's still crazy here. I'm expecting a huge storm to even it all out.

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    1. Allie produces a lot of heat. It's great for those cold days.

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  4. I agree, vests are solid gold! I have several puffer vests, and I wear them not just for running but also as regular clothing. They are warm without being too warm #perfect

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    1. I have a puffer vest that's a nice change if I need a layer, but not a full jacket.

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  5. I'm all about coffee after a cold run! And my dog warms me up.

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    1. Hot drinks are great for warming up.

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  6. Cats aren't the only animals that love to snuggle when it's cold. :) And I swear I wrote my comment about hot chocolate before reading your blog -- but yes, I love some hot chocolate after a cold run!

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    1. I love hot chocolate most of the cold months. It doesn't even have to be after a run.

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  7. I always thought dogs were more cuddly than cats, I guess it all depends. I love veggin out in sweats with a glass of wine after my workout.

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    1. It does. We've had cats who don't snuggle, and those that love it.

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  8. LOL. I do love snuggling with my pup when it's cold, too. And I love me some hot cocoa! Great tips for staying warm. Hope the winter continues to be mild for you!

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    1. We're getting some snow today, but it's not too bad. A little snow every now and then is OK.

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  9. OMGosh, Allie is too cute! My situation is flip-flopped from yours, but I remember having to deal with the frigid temps in New Hampshire...not fun. Thank goodness for treadmills!

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    1. I remember those temps in Boston. February always seemed to be the worst month every winter.

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  10. I agree with the animal suggestion. My dog is a great cuddler!

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    1. It's great when they snuggle, and I do miss it in the summer. She doesn't want as much attention.

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