In case you haven’t noticed, winter is coming.
For some, winter running means a whole lot of treadmill running.
I don’t know how you do it, but if it works for you that’s all that matters.
For those of us that run outside in the winter, there are a few more considerations that need to be kept in mind.
Winter Running Reminders
Now that I’ve moved north to the Georgian Tundra, I clearly am an expert on all things winter running.
Whether you’re a veteran winter runner or this is your first year running in the ice and snow, here are a few things to keep in mind until spring arrives.
Dress in Layers
Dressing for runs in the cold is a tricky situation.
You need to dress warm enough to stay warm, but not so warm that you sweat when you start running.
The loose rule of thumb is to dress for temps that are 10-15F warmer than the actual temp, to account for the body heat you will generate.
Cold dry air can make breathing more than a little difficult.
Depending on the temps and how susceptible to bronchospasm you are, you might find the need to cover your nose and mouth while running.
The reasoning is simple: a cloth layer can help warm and humidify the air before it hits your lungs.
And that can make a major difference.
Few things are more important to a good run than staying upright throughout.
When running in the winter, always assume that the surface is going to be a bit slick.
Remember that the harder you’re running, the more likely you are to blow a tire and end up going down.
So if/when there’s some sort of harder effort on your training schedule, you may need to call an audible and just keep it easy if things are a little slippery.
And if you “might” be a bit of an overstrider, that can lead to more slips and falls too.
So maybe now’s a good time to work on shortening your stride a bit?
If you run where it’s really cold, the battery life on your electronics (and especially your phone) might be a bit less than you’re used to.
Depending on how long you’ll be out that may not be a big deal, but it’s worth keeping in mind.
And don’t forget to charge yo’ shit!
Did you know that just because it’s not hot/humid, dehydration can still be an issue?
Make sure you’re staying well hydrated at all times.
Carrying water with you in the winter? Sure, that’s an option.
And if you don’t have water with you and you get thirsty out there, don’t eat the yellow snow.
Running in the dark can be a thing any time of the year.
Running in the dark in the winter, when there’s limited amount of daylight anyway, is often a given.
Make sure you can be seen out there, in a big way!
As a runner, there aren’t many vehicular collisions where you’re the favorite.
In fact, I’d go so far as to see cars in undefeated.
Make sure that the drivers can see you no matter what time you’re running, but even more so if it’s dark.
And when in doubt, dive for the snow bank!
Enjoy Your Runs this Winter
If you’re an outdoor winter runner, enjoy your miles this time of year!
Just be smart/safe out there, ok?
And if you get an epic ice beard/ice eyelash photo, post that joker, eh?
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