Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow


I’m declaring the unofficial start to winter. There was a pretty decent storm yesterday that dropped over a foot of snow. Goodbye, grass. Goodbye, sidewalks. Goodbye, trails.

I took this picture near downtown (no filter). It is an average road about six hours after it completely stopped snowing. Some roads are a bit clearer and some (believe it or not) are much worse.

Today’s post includes eight helpful tips for running in the snow:

1) Get the right shoes. During winter, I use a pair with Gore-Tex. It makes all the difference!
2) Expect it to slow you down. Running in the snow is a tough workout, and it will use muscles and stabilizers that you didn’t even know you had.
3) Dress warmly. With snow, slush, wind and ice, you can get cold rather quickly.
4) Be extra cautious of cars. Drivers are the worst. They are watching their phones, meals, kids, etc. They are probably not watching the road, and they are definitely not watching you!
5) If you start to fall, aim for a snow bank.
6) If you do fall, gracefully get up and continue on.


Umm, I said gracefully.

7) pavement > powder > slush > ice
8) Remember that the snow and ice and wind will end – it always does!

What advice do you have for running in winter?

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7 Responses to Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow

  1. Yak Tracks! I use them often to run in the snow and feel more stable. I love them!

  2. #4 is so important. So jarring that in the past few days I know two people who lost their lives in two separate pedestrian/vehicle accidents – in two different states. Be careful out there.

  3. Martha B says:

    Good tips! I love my winter running gear – from my trail shoes to my headlamp… investing in good quality stuff that keeps you warm, dry, and safe makes all the difference. I love the added challenge of snow running, and I always remind myself how amazing it’s going to translate into being a tank in the spring 🙂

  4. pauldburton says:

    Don’t wear white when running in the snow. If you want people to see you wear bright colours and (festive) lights.

  5. Jane Likes to Run says:

    I feel like I’m an expert in running in cold weather! Your tips are pretty on point. Definitely the part about cars. They are not watching for pedestrians, especially during bad weather. I suggest also wearing a head lamp because it makes you much more visible. And not running with ipods or smartphones because they can quickly become damaged by the cold.

  6. aggieruns says:

    That’s a lot of snow. Where is this? I don’t normally run in the snow, but for winter running, it’s important to wear reflective clothing (it gets darker quicker). Also, cover your ears/head and hands (GLOVES) because they will get cold quickly.

  7. Just had my first run in the snow last night and man was it slow! It was definitely a one step forward, two steps back situation. Thanks for sharing some great tips! I’ll be keeping these in mind for sure.

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