6 Tips for Running in the Snow

snow1 snow2Running in the snow?  Are you crazy?

If you’re waiting for the cherry blossoms to come out before getting out there for a run, you might have a long wait!  The snow is back – and more is on its way – so you might as well embrace our winter wonderland and brave the outdoors.  We tend to spend more time indoors in the winter, so it’s great to get some fresh air.  Fresh air gives you more energy, reduces stress and improves your sleep quality.  Running in the snow exercises muscles you don’t usually use, and is a great core workout.

Here are a few tips to get you out there!

  • Schedule runs with friends – peer pressure is a great motivator and you are much more likely to show up if you know that your friends will be there waiting for you.
  • Pick your routes carefully.  Ask around about trail conditions are better than others, and this winter many trees have come down over the trails.
  • Get yourself a pair of yaktrax, microspikes or nanospikes. These fit over your running shoes and will help with traction.  Nanospikes can be used for road running as well, and are light to carry.
  • Wear layers, and don’t overdress.  It’ll feel cold when you step out of your front door/car – but you’ll warm up quickly.
  • Remember to hydrate!  In cooler temperatures it’s easy to forgot to drink.  Hydrate before, during and after your run.
  • Daylight hours are short in the winter – so remember to be visible (reflective clothing) and carry a headlamp if there’s any chance you might be out after dark.

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