Love to Run? Don’t Let Cold Weather Slow You Down
In addition to following basic safety guidelines as a runner, there are specific things you should do when running during cold weather, according to Road Runner Club of America, the oldest and largest national association of running clubs, running events, and runners dedicated to promoting running as a competitive sport and as healthy exercise.
Source: Runners Club of America
- Avoid running on the roads in snowy conditions. Drivers have a decreased ability to maneuver and stop.
- Winter means fewer daylight hours. Wear bright-colored, reflective clothing or a reflective vest so you are noticeable to drivers. For added visibility, wear a lightweight headlamp or flashing light.
- Wear layers of clothing that will help you maintain your core body temperature during the run but will keep you warm during warm-up and cool-down phases.
- Consider wearing traction devices on your shoes if sidewalks, trails or roads have snow or ice cover.
- If you drive to a running trail or route, leave a change of dry clothes and a blanket in the car for emergency situations.
- Stay alert and aware of your surroundings and the weather conditions. Oncoming storms can quickly drop the temperature, putting you at risk for frostbite or hypothermia if you are caught wearing the wrong clothes.
- Know where to find shelter on your route if the weather gets really bad.
- Do not ignore shivering. It is an important first sign that the body is losing heat, and you may be in danger of hypothermia.