Running In The Snow

Run slower than you normally would. You want to shorten your stride to reduce your risk of slipping and falling. This will make you run slower – be OK with it. If this was a day that you planned on a faster run – put it off to another day. Also, if you want to cut your run a little short – that’s OK, too. You’ll be putting out more energy when you run in the snow.

Watch out for icy spots. You need to watch your footing while you are running in the snow. There could be some icy spots under the snow. Stay aware.

Plan your route and let someone know it. Also, let them know approximately how long you plan on being gone. Remember to allow extra time for running slower.

Watch out for traffic. Snow affects you as a runner – remember it affects cars, also. It’s always important to run facing traffic – when the road conditions are less than ideal – it’s even more important.

Wear appropriate clothing. As with all running, dress as if it’s warmer than it really is. With the extra exertion in the snow, you may even find yourself sweating more than usual. Remember to wear your moisture-wicking layers. Also, if it is a wet snow, you will want to wear a waterproof jacket and possibly pants. And, don’t forget the hat and gloves.

You may be sore the next day. Running in snow requires more out of your leg muscles to keep you going – and from slipping. So, the next day you may feel it in muscles that you’ve never felt after a run before.

If you have to run in snow many times – you may want to invest in what I call running shoe spikes. They strap onto your running shoes and have little studs on them like car tires. I’ve used them before and they really work.