Monday, December 3, 2007

Stay Warm

One of the toughest aspects of running in the winter is the cold, especially if you live in the Midwest. In the Chicagoland area the winds can blow from 10 to 30 miles per hour on any given day. Such winds can make a 30 degree day feel like 10 degrees or colder. It's only the beginning of December and the windchill has already hit 4 degrees!

At this time of the year it is very important to dress according to the conditions. Dress in layers and make sure your head, hands and feet are covered with warm material. On extremely cold days, cover your face with a running mask, raised turtle neck, or any type of material that will block the wind.

MOST IMPORTANTLY FOR THE GUYS IS TO PROTECT YOUR "PACKAGE."On cold days it is advisable to wear more than one pair of underwear, briefs, not boxers. You can also wrap it up in toilet paper or a sock before putting on your underwear. Protective underwear can also be purchased either online or at your local running specialty store.

On those brutally cold days, slow down your pace, be careful, and stay warm!

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