7 ways to make winter running easier

20 April 2017 by
First published: 28 October 2016

Embrace the cold with these 7 ways to make winter running easier. There are many factors to consider – like wearing the right number of layers, finding the right trainers to deal with slippery pavements, and making sure cars can see you through the fog. There’s no need to resort to running on a treadmill inside a gym until spring comes back around. Learn how to embrace the cold with these tips on easing back into winter running.

Wear reflective clothing

Running in the winter automatically means that you’re less visible to cars and other pedestrians than at other times of the year. Whether you prefer to venture out during the early misty mornings, or you enjoy going on runs during the dark evenings, you need to make sure that everyone is able to see you, for your safety and theirs. Wear running gear, such as leggings or tops with reflective panels on the sides.

Warm up

Before you head outside for your run, you should first warm up briefly indoors – as it will be far easier for your body to cope with running in the freezing cold. It’s really easy to fit in a five-minute warm-up, such as running up and down the stairs a few times, or doing some dynamic stretches. The cold won’t be too much of a shock to the system afterwards, plus a little warm-up will boost your energy levels.

Watch your step

Running during the winter means having to keep a sharp eye out for hazardous conditions, such as slippery pavements. You can’t just focus on your running technique – you need to be aware of your surroundings at all times. It’s always worth checking the weather forecast before your run, as you may need to postpone it. It’s better to be safe than sorry, as no one wants an ankle injury from slipping on some ice. 

Get a grip

Running in the right trainers is crucial throughout the entire year, not just during winter. However, running in the winter means you need trainers with especially good grip so you don’t slip over when it’s been raining or snowing. Another important element to consider is the wellbeing of your feet. Buy trainers with the least amount of mesh possible, and wear socks made with moisture-wicking fabric so your feet stay warm and dry.

Layer up

It’s important to think tactically when you dress for a winter run. You do need to wear layers, but not so many that you find your body temperature reaching unfathomable heights after 10 minutes. Make sure the running gear you wear is made with breathable and sweat-wicking fabrics so your body is kept sheltered and ventilated at the same time. Thumbholes in long-sleeved tops are a great shout for keeping your hands warm!

 Run with a friend

It can be a tricky task motivating yourself to brave the cold winter weather to go for a run, and we don’t blame you in the slightest. Running with a friend is a fantastic way to stop yourself from copping out. You can give each other boosts of morale, plus, exercising with a friend is so much fun. When exercise is fun, it becomes far more enjoyable.

 Strip off

When you get back from a run, it can be all too tempting to collapse on the sofa for half an hour without moving an inch. In winter, this is a massive no-no, especially if it’s been raining. When you finish running, your core body temperature starts dropping instantly. If you stay in your cold, wet clothes, you’re bound to catch a chill. Strip off and have a warm shower straight away.