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?