I realize that I used the “W” word – Winter. I am dragging and kicking against the changing seasons. Soon Winter will be here. Here are my time tested Winter Tips.
- Dress warm, but not over dress as you don’t want the sweaty clothes to cool you down.
- Always wear a hat.
- Don’t forget to drink liquids.
- When running on the roads, always run towards the traffic and run as close to the edge of the road that you can. The footing is, mostly, better there than anywhere else on the roads, except for dry pavement or a good sanded road.
- Run slower and keep your foot striking light.
- Land on the center of the foot and move forward. Landing on the heels will lead to a bad slip, as your center of gravity is behind you. Landing mid-foot will keep your center of gravity over your feet, which is the best for traction.
- Running down steep declines should be run with the “toe jamming” technique. Toe jamming is where you point your toes downhill and put your weight forward, which keeps the center of gravity over the foot. This is a great downhill running technique for trail running as well.
- Wear clothes that will make you visible to oncoming traffic.
- Always keep aware of oncoming traffic and realize they might not control of their automobile.
- No, these temperatures will not freeze your lungs (I have spent too many miles running in 20 below temps), though the air is drier than what we are use to, which means you might feel a raspy throat and dry sinuses. You can combat this by wearing a mask, scarf or bandanna over your mouth and nose. This will help you get moisture, from the breath, in your in-breath.