Cold weather running requires extra attention to avoid ice, slime, puddles and other hazardous footing. It also takes good gear to keep the body, especially the torso, head and feet, warm. Cold feet make even the most enjoyable running terrain difficult to traverse. When the feet get numb from cold, the risk of misjudging footing increases and could result in a fall. Upgrade your outerwear, socks and running shoes to withstand the winter conditions for safer runs. This can keep your feet warm and your running goals on track during the colder months 1 Dry your feet thoroughly before getting dressed for running. Damp feet get cold fast during winter running. 2 Buy wicking socks to keep your feet dry as you run. Wear dry socks that fit well. Don't wear cotton socks. On his "Running Injuries" web page, Dr. Stephen Pribut recommends wearing Coolmax or Thermax socks for cold weather running. 3 Invest in insulated running shoes. Insulation in shoes works the same way it does in a house; it retains heat. So your body warmth stays in your shoes and your feet stay warmer, rather than feeling as cold as the ground you're running on. 4 Keep your head covered and your core (trunk) insulated to help keep your entire body warmer. Wear a hat and a thermal or down jacket or vest. The better your body resists the cold, the better your feet feel. 5 Consider wearing two pairs of socks. If your shoes aren't insulated, the extra sock layer will give you more protection from the cold. Wear running shoes roomy enough to accommodate the extra socks without crowding your feet. Wear pants or sweats long enough to cover your ankles to reduce heat loss.
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