If you haven’t noticed you are probably somewhere in the Northern Hemisphere or Far Northern Australia but down here in the Southern Hemisphere in Sydney winter has arrived. Warming up and training in the cold weather can be challenging especially for us older sprinters. 🙂
I have listed below a few tips and ideas to help you stay warm and injury free during the next few months. Although pretty obvious a nice little reminder.
1. Extend your warm up. During the colder months I like to extend my warm up. This may be as simple as doing a few more drills and or a couple of extra run throughs. You may even jog a lap or two before you begin your warm up just to get a bit more heat in your body.
2. Layer up. Put on more layers for your warm up as you can always beging to peel them off during training. As I am a bit of a skier the layering thing comes natural to me. I will layer up by wearing a base layer, like a compression t-shirt, followed by a short sleeve training top and a long sleeve track top or wind breaker. On my legs I will wear short compression tights with long compression tights over the top.
3. My favourite clothing item is a pair of cycling arm warmers. I love these…. A good cycling mate gave me a pair years ago and I never take them out of my track bag. They convert all my summer short sleeve tops into long sleeve tops during the winter and you can just rip them off if you get to hot.
5. Stay warm in between runs. You may feel to hot to put on extra layers but your body will cool down quickly. Put a heavy jacket on and a pair of track pants. You can even wrap a towel around your legs to keep the heat in them.
Another little trick I sometimes use is to put a heat pack behind my back or under my legs in the car on the way to training. However, for those fortunate enough to have a fancy car you may even have seat warmers. I would highly recommend using them on the way to training to get extra heat into your body.
Happy running and stay warm.