Running shoes on...ready, set...GO!
This is my third winter running in the snow, but it still takes me a run or two to find my winter mojo. I tend to run hot, so the cold weather doesn't really bother me (case in point - I only wore tights, a short sleeve and my resolution run jacket with a thin headband and gloves) It is the ice that gets me every time...and THIS is how the sidewalks looked today
Note the shovel marks - this is a CLEARED sidewalk! Not exactly a picture of safety.
So, to help you out as you embark on your winter runventures, I thought I would share my short list of tips with you:
- SLOW DOWN! You will not be running as fast as you normally would - even on the routes you know well. You need to get to know them all over again when they become icy, winter wonderlands. Dial back your pace A LOT on the first few runs and rediscover your happy pace in these new conditions
- Be aware. Watch the ground. You may be able to see tricky spots before your shoes feel them and go out from under you. You still need to be aware of what is going on in front of you, but in these early runs - knowing the surface is super important.
- Gear up. It is going to take you a few run to figure out what layers you need to wear. Dress a little warmer than usual and be prepared to tie clothes around your waist when you inevitably realize you dressed too warm. Don't forget to protect your extremities.
- If you can run in them, wear traction spikes. I have them but they tend to bruise my feet so I don't wear them. I did, however, find that trail shoes gave me more traction and waterproofing over the winter last year.
- Shorten your stride. A wider stride will hurt more if you fall and your legs spread waaaay out. The shorter stride will also help you quicken your turnover so you can get over the icy patches quicker.
At home - clear your sidewalk super well to help a runner out! In Langdon, on the side of town that HAS sidewalks, barely anyone clears them and as a result running in the winter is not safe or recommended. If everyone just hauled their shovels out - it would make for a much more pedestrian friendly town! In the city, there are bylaws to ensure sidewalks are cleared, but they aren't always done well. I'm amazed the city-owned sidewalks weren't cleared better than this, but it is what it is.
Do you plan to be a winter warrior this year? What snow running tips do you have? Share your thoughts in the comments :)