Last updated on August 16th, 2015 at 01:45 pm
The weather is hovering around 0 degrees Celsius today and the snow is falling, yet I tied on my running shoes and went for a run anyway. I have seen many fellow running bloggers grumbling about running in the cold weather, but I have to admit that I don’t share their sentiment. I actually prefer this weather. The trick is to dress properly in layers. I was well prepared with some leggings and running jacket.
I started running my usual 5 km run, but at the 4 km mark, I felt great so I veered of my usual path and decided to go for a longer run. I only added an extra kilometer to my run, for a total of 6 km, but after recovering from a cold and a back injury, I think this is a wonderful start!
Here are a few tips I learned (the hard way) about running in the cold and snowy weather:
Don’t wear ankle socks
I usually wear ankle socks with my running shoes. I learned that in the cold and snowy weather, it’s not a good idea. I had a band of about 1/2 inch of exposed skin around my ankles that got really cold, really fast. Next time I’ll make sure of overlap my leggings on top of my socks.
Don’t tie you arm band too tight
I love running with my smart phone Trackpouch as it allows me to run hands free. I was wearing more layers than usual under my arm band and tied it too tight. About 1 km in, my arm started to feel weird so I had to stop and adjust it.
Slow down on the snow
This seems like common sense, but it’s just like the first drive out in the first snow of the season, you quickly get reminded about how slippery is can be under the snow. When I run in the winter, I concern myself less with my run time; I slow down to avoid injury. Luckily the ground was mostly free of snow as it was melting rather quickly once it hit the ground. However, there were a few spots that were snow covered.
For those of you who run in the winter, do you have any wisdom, tips or tricks to share to make it more enjoyable and safe experience?
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