I vow to run more in the snow this winter. I admit it–I am not one who embraces running in cold and snowy weather. This winter, I am going to try and make a better effort to get out on the roads and trails. Instead of resigning yourself to the treadmill for the winter, here are a few things to keep in mind when attempting to run in the snow:
- Wear the right footwear— There are a couple of different options for footwear when it comes to running in the snow. You can opt for Yaktrax, which you attach to your running shoes to add extra traction. They stretch over your shoes and have steel coils which provide the needed traction for snow and icy conditions. If you want a more economical solution, you can simply place screws in the bottom of a pair of your sneakers. Here are all the instructions you need for adding screws to your shoes. Lastly, you can purchase a pair of snowshoes that are running-specific. While they are still snowshoes, they are much smaller compared to the traditional snow shoe, allowing you to have more of a natural stride. Running snowshoes are great, but can be pretty pricey.
- Gaiters are huge for running in the snow— Gaiters help to keep snow and slush out of your shoes. Anyone that has ever run in the pouring rain or run through a puddle knows how uncomfortable water is in your shoes–imagine that, but freezing!
- Don’t forget the sun protection.–If it’s sunny out, you will still need sunscreen and a good pair of polarized sunglasses to protect your eyes from the glare and provide you with good depth perception. Lip balm is also critical for preventing chapped lips.
- Make sure you run with a phone and identification— If you slip and fall, you want to make sure that a) you are identifiable in case of emergency and b) you can call someone for help.
- Dress in layers- Wear wicking fabrics and layers. Cotton is about the worst fabric you can wear as a base layer in the cold. When it gets wet with sweat, you will start to get really cold. Wear a wicking base layer and then a windbreaking shell on top. If it’s super cold out, you can always opt for a fleece top as a mid-layer.
- Have fun!-– It’s kind of fun being out on the roads when almost no one else is–enjoy the peace and tranquility!