Monday, December 26, 2011

Winter Running Myths

  1. Winter running burns more calories - False; Unless you are running through snow or mud.
  2. Cold makes you pee more and can lead to dehydration - False; Though some people pee more, you actually need less fluid replacement than on a hot, humid day.
  3. Covering your head is the key to warmth - False; While you may lose a high percentage of heat through your head, it only accounts for 8 to 10 percent of the surface area of your body.
  4. You should do your warm-up inside - True, sometimes; If it's less than 10 degrees, both warm-up and cool-down should be done inside.
  5. When it's below 32 degrees, you need 3 layers to stay warm - False; there is no always; each person varies.
  6. Winter runs are some of the most satisfying runs you'll have all year - True and False; "Man in the cold is not necessarily a cold man." - David Bass, Director, U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine; basically, winter running is on a run by run basis - some will be amazing, while others will equal the struggles you have on any other bad day.


  1. I didn't know about "4", makes sense though.

  2. Cold doesn't necessarily make you pee more; it's just that it is going through your body faster.

  3. Maybe I'm just a wimpy Texan, but I always cool down indoors in the "winter". Luckily I never bought into #1-or the peeing one...

  4. It's been a while since I ran in snow but when I did, I love it! One thing I found out is that as long as I kept running I would not slip. It was walking that was dangerous.
    I'll be going to Tahoe in Feb. I so hope they finally get some decent snow so I can run.

  5. I find in the cold I am more prone to dehydration because I don't "feel" thirsty. That and my water bottle is always frozen


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