Running Or Walking In Cold Weather

Running or even walking in cold weather is one of my favorite things to do. The brisk air is full of more oxygen and it makes for a much more exhilarating experience.

A dog running in the winter.

If you are trying to get your 500 miles in over the course of the year, you can not avoid the cold days. No, you must instead prepare for them. To that end, here are a few tips that can help you make the most of your cold weather run or walk.

  • Scout Your Location
    Choose a location that is well maintained. It is best to plan a route on a street that is plowed often when dealing with heavy snow. Likewise, choose roads with good drainage so you can avoid puddles.
  • Use Wind Management
    If you run on a windy day, use the wind to your advantage. It takes more to get you motivated and going, so start out by running with the wind. On the second half of your run, you can face the wind once you are all warmed up.
  • Buy Snow Specific Footwear
    If you will be running int he snow often, get some snow specific running shoes. Trail running shoes make good choices. They have larger lugs on the bottom that clean out easier giving you more traction. Kind of like snow tires.
  • Buy Winter Clothing
    You should buy clothing that is appropriate for the season. This might mean a proper winter hat, ear coverings, gloves, etc. If you plan to walk, it could be gear that you could wear elsewhere. If you plan to run, the gear must also be designed to wick moisture away from your body.
    If you plan to run where there might be snow, an outer waterproof layer can also be very useful to keep you dry.
  • Go Easier
    In bad weather, it will be a bit harder to beat a personal record. Go easy and concentrate on your traction not your time. The important thing is that you are getting yourself out there.

That is is, 5 easy tips that will help you get out there in cold weather and keep earning those miles on your way to 500.