Hi, friends! Remember that the Friday Five format has changed a bit and for this first Friday of the month we’re talking fitness. I wanted to talk about winter running. Now that the days are getting shorter and darker, it’s really important to make sure that you are as safe as possible when running. Be sure you’re following these tips to stay safe during winter runs. Make sure you check out my cohosts, Cynthia and Mar, and visit some new blogs that are linking up as well! Cynthia is across the pond on a massive work trip, so wish her safe travels!
- Use some kind of reflective gear when you run in the dark. And with less daylight, chances are you will be running in the dark quite often. You can buy tons of reflective gear – from arm bands to headbands to lights that clip on to your clothes. I am obsessed with my Oiselle Gilman vest, which has reflective detailing across the front – functional yet stylish and functional.
- Figure out what you will do in snow and ice. For many of us, winter brings with it conditions that are less than ideal to run in. Decide early on if you will take it inside during poor weather conditions or if you’ll deal with the elements. If the latter, prepare yourself. Make sure you have good gear for all conditions. Think about buying something to give your shoes extra traction in snow or ice. I purchased yaktrax this year before our big snow storm and they definitely came in handy! They actually made snow running fun! You can also put screws into an old pair of shoes but for me it was just easier to buy yaktrax. I’m all about DIY but I probably would’ve messed the screws up!
- Run with a buddy. This is extra important if you’ll be running in slippery or very cold conditions. You don’t want to get caught alone in a bad snow storm. As someone who’s gotten lost on a snowy and icy 22 mile run before, trust me on this one. It is NOT fun. I don’t normally run with my phone but it was extremely helpful on that 22 mile run I just mentioned. I literally had to google my location in order to figure out where I took a wrong turn. Had I not had my phone, it would have been a bad day.
- Tell someone where you will be running and how long they should expect you’ll be gone. If you live alone, then shoot a text to a friend saying that you’re going for a run and you’ll text her when you’re back. Again, if you get caught in a bad snowstorm and no one knows where to look for you, you could be in trouble. My motto is always better safe than sorry!
- Carry your phone! I don’t normally run with my phone but it was extremely helpful on that 22 mile run I mentioned above. I literally had to google my location in order to figure out where I took a wrong turn. Had I not had my phone, it would have been a bad day. As I’ve started to do more (and longer) runs solo this training period, I’ve begun carrying my phone on each run. You just never know when you’ll need it (and I’ve yet to bail on a run and Uber home, double bonus!) 🙂
These are all good things to do anytime of year, but I think a few of these are extra important during the winter running season. What tips would you add?
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