Outdoor Running Tips: Gear Matters!


Over the last 26 years of my life that I have run I have only had one main complaint about running in the cold, and that would be – my hands get cold – not matter the gloves.But not any more!My aunt made these little “woolies” that I have been using and they have been wonderful!My hands are toasty warm (for once).No more painful “thaw-outs” in warm water.

Ya know, running outdoors is really very enjoyable and if the truth be told, I prefer to get outside in the cool crisp fresh outdoor air exploring the great outdoors then being stuck indoors on a “dreadmill”.But I find it does help to have the right gear.Another great thing that I could not do without in cold weather is my earwarmer/headband.These keep my ears warm and let the heat still dissipate from the top of my head.When it is snowing I like to wear my hat so I don’t “blink” myself to death.Another thing to consider while running in the snow is your shoes.I like to wear “trail running” shoes.These are usually a lot more weather proof than your regular “air-y” running shoes.These “trail shoes” also have better traction.If you have never given outdoor running a chance you might want to give it a try.Besides, if you are training for a race it is most likely run outside so the best training is to run outdoors too.

Run Happy,

Coach Lora


If your interested in learning more about getting started in running attend one of Coach Lora’s classes. A Beginning Running Class will be offered on Thursday February 16, 2012. Contact Lora directly to reserve a spot lora@blonderunner.com

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Coach Lora Erickson is an Ironman All-World athlete and certified running and triathlon coach recently competing in the Ironman 70.3 World Championships in Africa in 2018. Lora was born and raised in Colorado and was to run for the University and Utah & Utah State University where she obtained a degree in Community Health Education with duel minors in Chemistry and Nutrition. Coach Lora has a true passion for health promotion and loves to share her experiences. Learn more: About Coach Lora Erickson