Runner bummer: We tend to lose some of our fitness this season by sitting out the snow and the shivery temps, researchers at Ohio State University found. Beat the backslide with these tips from Jeff Gaudette, the head coach for RunnersConnect, an online training site.
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How to Brave the Chill
Do a quick indoor warm-up. Before you head outside, "raise your core body temperature with dynamic stretches," Gaudette says. Do these five lunge variations -- forward, forward with a torso twist, side, diagonal, and reverse -- in your living room pre-run, completing five reps on each side.
Dress the part. Rule of thumb: "Tighter apparel will trap heat better," Gaudette says. Cold? Begin with a formfitting long-sleeve base layer and a fleecepullover (we like the Eddie Bauer Cloud Layer Pro Fleece 1/4-Zip pullover, $60, eddiebauer.com). Wear a hat and mittens and add the following layers as the temps dip:
- 32 to 20