Running in Cold Weather

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Running in Cold Weather
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For nearly two decades, Charles Clement has been leading a successful career in the healthcare industry. He started his career as an account executive for Aetna US Healthcare in Anchorage, Alaska, and now leads the Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) as CEO and president. In his free time, Charles Clement enjoys running.

When it’s cold out, many runners are discouraged from maintaining their normal routine, but this doesn’t have to be the case. As temperatures start dropping, setting regular running plans with others is a great way to maintain motivation. This turns running into a social activity and, rather than answering only to themselves, runners will have to answer to their running group or partner. Beyond this, runners can make their cold-weather runs easier by running into the wind at the beginning. Doing so means the wind is at their back during the second half of their routine and prevents chills and colds.

Cold-weather running also requires the proper clothing. It’s important that runners do not overdress for a cold run. Although layers and thick clothing may seem correct, the body warms up when running and these heavy clothes can easily become too warm and cumbersome. Typically, runners should dress as if the weather is 20 degrees warmer. Thin layers allow air to breath around the body more and protect against wind while pulling sweat away from the body. Runners will also need good gloves or mittens, socks that keep the feet warm while removing sweat, and a hat. Despite the cold, runners also need plenty of water to stay hydrated.

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