This article was published on December 16th, 2013
Goodbye fall running season… hello winter! Winter running is completely different, especially when snow, ice, and cold temperatures are involved. But don’t let those deter you from going out. Some of your best running days can be on a cold, crisp day, with lots of fresh air. Be prepared by following these winter running tips from the gang over at the BMO Sunshine Coast April Fool’s Run:
- Stay comfortable with gloves, hats and layers of clothing that can be taken off or put back on easily
- Shoes become inflexible and rock hard in the cold weather; be mindful of your aches and pains. Take a non impact day or two to compensate for your footwear shortcomings
- Make sure you are seen. Reflective gear is a must; the days are short and dusk comes on in minutes
- Warm up slowly avoid the strains right out the door i.e. huge hills or the need for speed.
- Aggressive solid rubber tread works great in snow but is terrible on black ice. Softer blown rubber shoes with lots of little cuts like a modern winter tire work best in icy conditions. Don’t want to purchase a different shoe for conditions? Chain up with Yak Trax.
Insiders running tip: Instead of wearing too much to avoid being chilly as you head out the door, throw your inner-layer running clothes in the dryer or place them on a warm radiator just before putting them on. By the time they cool down, you’ll be warmed up enough not to notice.