An avid runner in every season, I’ve discovered a few tricks that make running outdoors throughout the winter months a little more enjoyable… safer too. Today I’m happy to share them with you!
8 tips for winter runners:
- Focus on fun. Winter is not the season to be concerned with distance or speed, particularly if there is snow or ice underfoot. It is however, a great time of year to focus on fun runs, to invite others to join you, and to sign up for spring running events.
- Dress in layers. Choose clothing made with synthetics that wicks moisture away from the skin and dress in layers. You should feel chilled when you walk out the door — if not, remove a layer. Your winter running wardrobe should include a running jacket, a warm hat or headband, gloves, running tights and a few long-sleeve shirts.
- Add traction. Many runners use shoe traction devices like Yak Trax to increase traction and stability on ice and snow.
- Stay low. Reduce your risk of a fall by shortening your stride and keeping your feet low to the ground. Keep your gaze to the ground a few feet ahead, watching for slippery and hazardous conditions ahead.