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Cold Weather Running Tips

Keeping in good running shape in winter is very rewarding, while
sometimes challenging.  I live in the Colorado Rockies in winter and run
throughout, usually in 10-to-30 degree temperatures, along with my
other winter activities like skiing and up-hilling.  Here are some tips to
make winter running easy, safe, and enjoyable:

Run outdoors as much as possible.  Moving your running indoors to
a gym is much better than nothing but do not be afraid of the outdoors.  
Pleasant surprises may await there.  Regardless of conditions I find I
always run further in the outdoors and feel better afterwards than on
the treadmill.

Be prepared for underfoot ice risks.  Seek well-maintained paved
trails or snowy trails.  Try out your local trails cautiously at first and you
will quickly gain confidence in recognizing possible dangerous spots.
You might be surprised how fast you can run once you understand the
surface conditions.  I usually run in just my regular running shoes but
on more challenging winter trails attach Yaktrax or similar lightweight
coil-system traction enhancers to your shoes.

Dress sensibly.  I find that regular technical running gear, like I use in
summer, is best close to the skin.  An extra layer or two of the same
might be warranted.  Then add a light running jacket which you can
unzip or shed.  I do not like running in cold weather under-gear which is
great for skiing and other less intensive winter sports.

Always start out wearing light gloves and a head covering.  Your
extremities need protection more so than your torso which will heat up
quickly.  You may pocket the extremity protectors when you warm up
but will likely appreciate having them when you finish.

In very low temperatures use toe-warmers.  Put the toe-warmer on
top of the front of your foot where it will work fine and not affect your
gait.  Hand-warmers might also be good idea and can always be
discarded if not needed.

Have warm clothing at the finish.  Carry a light jacket and/or stash a
bag in advance where you plan to stop running.

Carry an energy gel or snack.  Even on a short outing this may prove
valuable if conditions are worse than you thought and you find you
need an energy boost at a time of weakness.

Enjoy your winter running!

(C) Copyright, Warwick Ford, 2013  
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