Weather guidelines can be easily summarize in two short sentences: Always be prepared. Listen to your body. There are only two conditions that automatically force an inside practice:
- Thunder and lightning
- Wind chill below 10-degrees Fahrenheit
Winter running is a safe and necessary reality of off-season training. While our program emphasizes a comprehensive regiment of indoor supplementary training, running outside in the winter is a critical component to being successful.
The biggest danger to athletes in winter training is poor preparation. No athlete will be allowed practice if deemed inappropriately dressed for inclement weather. You must be prepared with the following items:
- Hat and gloves
- Warm upper body insulation
- Please no cotton
It is also important to stay hydrated in the winter months. The colder weather can fool athletes into thinking they need less water. For more tips on cold-weather running, check out the advice from Dr. Stuart Weiss, Medical Director for the New York Road Runners. Click here.
When temperatures begin to spike, it's important to keep hydrating. Summer training sessions may be moved to the early morning to run in optimal temperature ranges.
Listen to your body. Always be prepared.