Winter Running

December 16th, 2009
Get outside and enjoy the Winter!! Just do it safely.

Get outside and enjoy the Winter!! Just do it safely.

For better or worse, Winter is upon us. And with Winter come the usual suspects; snow, ice, wind, generally nasty weather which can make some of our summer activities like running, much more challenging and even treacherous. There are a few things to keep in mind when heading out for a winter run, especially the first one until you get more accustomed to braving the arctic temperatures and conditions.

First off, your gear. Dressing appropriately is essential. Layering for the cold using moisture wicking material helps your body stay dry and warm, however layering with heavy clothing will feel much different compared with just wearing a pair of shorts and a tank top. Make sure to give you body some extra warm up time to adjust to the cold weather and to get used to heavier, bulkier running gear that might feel awkward.

Second, the conditions. Along with using different gear, the terrain in the winter is drastically different and much less predictable. Running on snow or even ice poses a safety hazard. Along with the obvious risk of slipping and falling, there are other more subtle winter injuries that can sneak up on you if you don’t be careful. When running on slippery surfaces it is common to adjust your gait pattern as you carefully step to avoid falling. Doing this repetitively can put uneven stress on your lower limbs and often results in injury. Always run on cleared, safe surfaces when possible.