With some more snow in the books, it’s definitely tough running out there. But if you’re anything like me, running on a treadmill will send me to the looney bin if I’m on there longer than 60 seconds, so it means dealing with the elements. We’re gonna pass along a few tips for running in the winter weather.
The first thing is probably obvious, but try to find a clear path wherever possible. By now, most sidewalks are cleared, so it shouldn’t be too bad, but it’s so bitterly cold out (and will continue to be for the forseeable future) you need to watch out for ice. You can run in the road if necessary, but be sure to run against traffic so that you can see what’s coming. And we put these up on the blog before, but we sell a product call YakTrax that are made specifically to go over your running shoes to help improve grip in the snow.
You need to stay hydrated as much as you do in the summer, just because it’s cold out and you aren’t drenched doesn’t mean you don’t need the fluids. At the same time, make sure you’re still wearing technical fibers, wicking materials to keep youself dry. When it’s cold out and you’re sweating, cotton is just going to soak it up and you’ll be stuck wearing a heavy, wet, cold shirt (we have plenty of tech shirts here at the store!). A windbreaking jacket or top layer can be hugely beneficial and help you stay much warmer.
And finally, make sure you keep your shoes dry. The logic is very similar to how it is with the clothes, but since it’s colder it tends to be much harder to dry the shoes out. Try stuffing them with newspaper right after the run, it works wonders (stay away from dryers, though!)! Any other questions or concerns, just stop by or call us!