Cold weather running can help you maintain your fitness. It offers a chance to enjoy the fresh, crisp air and you might even find that your body moves better in the cold than it does in the heat of summer.
Here are a few pointers that will help make running year-round an activity you enjoy for years to come and also help you prepare for the Mai Dubai Community Run.
We know that winter in Dubai isn’t as bad as it is. However, wearing a few layers of clothing will help you maintain your core body temperature when training for the Mai Dubai Community Run. It’s better to wear a little more and then remove some layers later when your blood is flowing and your temperature is rising. A lot of running experts claim that using a moisture-wicking fabric is beneficial even during winter. This is because you will still sweat during winter even if you think that you’re not. If you wear something like a cotton long-sleeved shirt, your sweat will not be moved away from your skin and make you feel colder.
Runners tend to not warm up for as long as they should because of lack of time and other excuses. Getting the body ready is crucial for an effective run and to avoid any injuries, most especially during winter. To get your body prepared for the long, cold miles ahead, you should start with a light jog or walk for at least 5 minutes and do some dynamic stretches for at least another 5 minutes. Warming up will also be very important during the Mai Dubai Community Run.
When running or training in the cold weather, it will be essential to ensure that you’re maintaining a well-balanced diet especially if you’ll be joining the Mai Dubai Community Run. It has been found that cold weather exposure increases the use of glycogen for energy. This means that if you’re not fuelled properly for running in the cold weather, you could go into a state of hypoglycemia which could suppress shivering and cause your core body temperature to drop.
You already know this but you need to drink a lot of water even during colder days. Dehydration can be hard to spot when it’s cold outside so you need to make sure you’re drinking a lot before, during, and after your run. If drinking plain water in the cold can be tough, you can add sports drink electrolytes to add a bit of flavour to your drink.
Although it’s a bit colder in Dubai now, it’s still sunny which will make it easier for you to train and run at the Mai Dubai Community Run. Go for a beach run or to a park where there is a lot of direct sunlight to help you stay warm while running.
We know that people in Dubai are not used to the cold. Other runners who also have work can also go for a run only after work during chilly evenings. Therefore, if it’s really cold, you can always run indoors for a while. Go to the nearest gym and hit the treadmill instead. Some runners find running on a treadmill boring, if so, you check out treadmills that include a video option to make your run more interactive and enjoyable. Running on a treadmill will also help you prepare for the Mai Dubai Community Run.
It can be tempting to lounge around your house during winter but motivate yourself to be consistent in running no matter what the season is. To help you keep going, join the Mai Dubai Community Run, this 17th December 2022.
If you can’t make it on the 17th of December, check out these other best running events in Dubai.
The Mai Dubai Community Run previously called the Skechers Performance Run has 2.5 km, 5km, and 10km races available and it’s a family-friendly event which is great if you want to bring your family with you. The next race will take place on the 18th of February 2023. Register here.
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