7 TOP TIPS FOR WINTER RUNNING

Tuesday, 27 October 2015  |  Admin

OUR 7 TOP TIPS FOR RUNNING THIS WINTER

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1. Get a Running Buddy
Make a date to meet someone for a run - Leaving a warm, cosy house to go into the wet, cold and windy weather can be a test to any runner. Get a running buddy to keep you focused over those months.

2. Keep Your Feet Warm
To keep warmth in and the cold out, run in shoes that have the least amount of mesh. Wear socks that wick away wetness but keep your feet warm.

3. Get Dressed
You want to be warm without sweating so much you get a cold. Think layers with zippers at the neck and underarm area to vent air as you heat up. We recommend you always wear gloves or mittens and a hat.

4. Be Visible
With limited daylight, chances are you'll be running in the dark. Wear reflective, fluorescent gear, and let someone know of our run route just in case!

5. Pre-Run Warm-up
Move around inside enough to get the blood flowing without breaking a sweat. This Can be as simple as running up and down the stairs and having a light stretch. If you're meeting a group of running buddies, don't stand around in the cold chatting before you run. This will help prevent unwanted niggles and injuries.

6. Damn Wind!
If possible, try to start your run into the wind and finish with it at your back, so the breeze doesn't blast you after you've broken a sweat. To avoid a long, biting slog, you can break this into segments, running into the wind for about 10 minutes, turning around to run with the wind at your back for five minutes, and repeating. Remember to protect exposed skin, use Vaseline or other skin protectors.

7. Dealing with Rain
I’m sure we all know how to prepare for the inevitable, but a few more reminders can only help! We suggest rotating pairs of shoes. If you have to dry shoes overnight, crumple up newspaper and cram it tightly into your shoes, with the insoles removed. The newspaper soaks up the moisture. Have a spare pair of trainers in the back of the car, so you can get your feet out of the damp shoes as soon as you finish. Ensure your feet are dry before putting on the spare trainers, this will help to prevent athletes’ foot or any other foot problems.

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