Thursday, November 29, 2007

TIPS - Winter Running

The colder weather is starting to roll in and I hope it's not putting too many off from your running plans.

One thing that strikes me every year around this time is how many of my newer runners (who haven't run through a winter before) mention to me that it's not as cold outside as they thought it would be. After the first 3 or 4 minutes you are warmed up and produce your own micro-climate which is surprisingly comfortable. The only thing you need to keep in mind is that if it's below freezing, you should cover your extremities so get a pair of gloves and something to cover your ears and you're all set.

People are also asking me about this time about what to do in terms of footwear once it snows. Typically your regular running shoes will be fine, especially downtown where the sidewalks get cleared pretty quickly. If there's fresh snow on the ground just shorten your stride, run slower and don't try to turn sharply and you should be fine. Just use common sense. If it's right after or during an ice storm, I'd suggest skipping your run outside for another day.

The only other piece of advice is to be even more cautious of the traffic. Please keep in mind that cars may not be able to stop if there's ice on the road but also that the outward visibility is also reduced due to ice or road salt on the windshield. That, combined with the darker nights, could be a reason (although not an excuse) for why a driver doesn't see that runner they weren't expecting.

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