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Welcome to Workout Wednesday: every hump-day, we'll be rounding up some of the city's hottest fitness trends and studios.
This is the worst time of year to pick up a running habit in New York City—but if you're starting now, know that you'll be able to run through anything. To prepare for the snowy, icy, windy miles ahead, we picked the brains of three local running experts—a group coach, a running gear store owner, and a treadmill gym instructor—for their best tips on what to wear to beat the weather, how to recover at home, and (perhaps most importantly) how to get yourself out the door in the first place. Take a look at their recommendations below before lacing up for your next below-freezing trek.
Before the Run—Or How to Get Your Butt Outside
· "Give your body additional time to warm up, especially before a speed workout."Liz Corkum (aka Coach Corky), Mile High Run Club
· My experience is that if you sit down when get home, you're done. If you give yourself that five minutes to talk yourself out of a run, you're going to come up with 500 perfectly acceptable reasons not to go out ... Come home and put on some music as soon as possible and start changing for your workout immediately."—Matthew Rosetti, Brooklyn Running Co.
· "Stay hydrated. Runners often forget to drink enough in winter but just because it's cold doesn't mean you're not sweating, and your body is still losing water."—Marnie Kunz, running coach and Runstreet founder
· "Just as our bodies are compromised in performance in extreme heat/humidity, the same is true for cold. If temperatures dip into the teens or single digits, abandon a goal pace and run by effort."—Liz Corkum
· "Running with a group in cold weather is a great way to stay motivated and get tips from your fellow runners."—Marnie Kunz
· "Pick a race. It'll increase the likelihood that you're going to get out and work out more frequently because you're going to be judged on race day—judged by yourself, judged by the clock."—Matthew Rosetti
For the Run
- "Avoid cotton, and stick to moisture-wicking gear."—Liz Corkum (Under Armour Women's ColdGear Cozy Half Zip Long Sleeve Shirt, $44.99 at Dick's Sp
- "When you walk out the door, you should be a little cold. You should feel underdressed when you first start. You want a good base layer, and Mizuno has come out with this unbelievable Breathe Thermo line that takes body moisture and it converts it to heat
- "If you get too warm, you can always peel layers off."—Marnie Kunz (Gore Running Wear Men's Essential Base Layer Shirt,
- "Keep your head covered. We lose a lot of heat through our heads and ears, so wear a running hat to stay warm.—Marnie Kunz (Run With Me Toque,
- "The Mizuno [wind guard hat] is probably the best winter hat that I’ve ever worn in my life for running, and for everything—I commute in it."—Matthew Rosetti (
- "Sunglasses can help with low winter sun."—Liz Corkum (Polarized RPM Squared sunglasses,
- "I like the Nike thermal women's running tights as they're warm yet still lightweight and moisture-wicking."—Marnie Kunz ($75 at Nike stores)
- "The Brooks Ghost have a water-resistant and thermal lining in the shoe, so it’s unbelievable enhancement to a traditional running shoe."—Matthew Rosetti (
- "Yaktrax are fantastic. They look like they'd be obstructive, but they're very discreet under your foot and give amazing traction. That’s going to keep you from killing yourself."—Matthew Rosetti ($39.99 at
- "Chapstick can go a long way!"—Liz Corkum (approximately $1.59 at Walgreens)
- "There’s a stigma attached to wool: “Why am I going to run in wool? That’s the last thing I want to run in.” But it’s actually really breathable, it doesn’t retain moisture, it’s really warm, and it doesn’t retain a lot of body odor that maybe other fabri
- "This accessory that we’ve been selling like crazy is from a company called Buff [at left]. They’re pretty much neckwarmers—think of it like a traditional turtleneck, but without the shirt." (approximately $25 a
When the Run Is Done
· "If you have a cold or sinus problems, the cold air can dry out your sinuses. Using a humidifier in your home can help your nasal and sinus passages stay moisturizer, preventing blockages."—Marnie Kunz
· "Refuel and warm up with a warm snack. I love warming up chocolate milk on the stove, it's like a healthy hot chocolate. It gives me essential carbs, protein and sugar post-run while warming me up."—Liz Corkum
· Workout Wednesday [Racked NY]
· Let the Mile High Run Club Be Your Running Coach [Racked NY]
· So You Want to Run the NYC Marathon? Here's Where to Start [Racked NY]