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The weather outside is frightful but this BLOG is so insightful.

Runners have the most amazing determination and work ethics. At the event in the video, the wind was howling and it was bitter cold, yet the runners were unwavering.

Brutal weather is coming. Winter is not over. Let's get and stay motivated.

Here are some tips and tricks from some of our running experts who also happen to be part of the incredibly dedicated EnMotive team.

Start slowly. Begin with a walk, then slowly add in a jog. Don’t worry about your distance or pace.

Make a plan. Know where you’re going and how long you’ll be out. Notify a friend or family member where you’re headed and when you expect to be back. Whether you’re running a loop around your neighborhood or driving to your favorite trailhead, check conditions beforehand and adjust accordingly: If you’re not up for running in ankle-deep snow, opt for a different location. If conditions are slick, wait until the sun has a chance to warm up the sidewalks, and always equip yourself with the gear that’s right for your run. Never head out into blizzard conditions or conditions that make you feel unsafe.

Choose the time of day wisely. Winter brings fewer daylight hours, so if you’re used to running at 6 am in the summer months, remember that it’ll probably be dark at that time of day come December or January. Carry a headlamp or move your run back an hour or two, if possible. The same goes for the evening.

Hold yourself accountable. It’s easy to bail from a run when the weather isn’t ideal. So, consider making plans to run at the same time as a friend—whether virtually or in person.

What to Wear!

  • Warm Base Layer: Start with a base layer, most likely a long-sleeve one, depending on the outside temperature. Wool makes for a good winter base layer fabric because it keeps you warm even if it gets wet. A polyester or nylon blend top will keep moisture away from the skin and help you stay dry. Avoid anything cotton, as it may get soaked with sweat or precipitation and won’t dry quickly—which could send you running back inside with the shivers. Thumb loops on long-sleeve shirts are nice if you don’t plan on wearing gloves but still want a little protection for your hands.

  • Pants: On the bottom, opt for long leggings or running pants or both if it’s cold. Tighter clothing like leggings can help you avoid chafing, compared to looser garments.

  • Running Jacket: You may want a lightweight running shell —a slim, breathable jacket built for high-output activities. Look for something that will cut the wind; waterproofing is less important since water-resistant fabrics tend to be less breathable, meaning you could overheat. Another nice-to-have feature: packability. Many running jackets can fold down into the size of a deck of cards and fit into a pocket or vest if you need to take it off.

  • Socks: If you run with short ankle socks in the summer, you may want a thicker, higher socks in the winter. You’ll be surprised at how much just covering your ankles can help keep you warm. Opt for a sock made of a performance fabric like wool instead of cotton, which can bunch, get wet and cause blisters.

  • Accessories: A warm hat or headband and lightweight fleece gloves can help keep you comfortable out there, as can a breathable neck gaiter. Your hat and gloves may be layers you end up shedding a mile or two in, so make sure you have a pocket or place to store them if you start to warm up. If you’re really prone to cold hands, hand warmers may be a good idea.

"There is no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing."

LET'S GO MOTHER NATURE! BRING IT! (But please be kind!)

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