(Closed) Running in the Winter? Snow?

posted 5 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Buy some yak traks! They are the best for running in the snow and ice. They have little grips on them that provide stability. And they just slip over any running shoe. I think I got mine from amazon.com for about $20. 

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I’m in upstate NY and I deal with the same thing. When I can do so safely, I will run on the shoulder of a road instead of the sidewalk. The shoulders tend to be more clear of snow and slush, so I slip less when I am running. If I can’t avoid the snow, I try to find places where it is either really packed or not packed at all. It’s the middle area where I slip and slid a lot.

There are spikes you can get for regular sneakers so you will grip in the snow. The yak traks are also good, but if you do have to run on clear pavement (crossing roads, or hitting stretches that are clear of snow) it makes them wear out a lot faster. I saw a DIY tutorial on how to make your own “spikes”. Basically you take the insole of your shoe out, and put screws through the sole, then put your insole back in. You can probably search online for more information on that. I have worn my trail running sneakers in the snow before too, since they have more grip on the tread than my road sneakers do.

I’d also just plan to go more slowly. I also find that sometimes when I try to avoid a spot I think is slick or slushy, I tend to slip more or strain my muscles than if I just ran straight, but cautiously. At least it is already January and the days are getting longer. Winter won’t last forever! (This is what I tell myself daily to make it through – I hate the cold and I hate the snow).

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I only run in the snow if it’s not packed down already. Non-icy snow is OK, and it’s kind of like running on the beach–the unstable footing makes it a much better workout. Like the PP said, though, take it SLOW and watch your footing!

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

@sweetchiquita12:  Another Upstate NY-er here. Spend some time looking at and testing out shoes. Don’t buy the ultra-lightweight ones that are all mesh. Your feet are going to get soaking wet and freeze. If you have a local running store, stop in there.

Don’t forget to layer up! Sweat-wicking inner ones, and that snazzy new jacket (which I am guessing is waterproof) on the outside. Don’t forget gloves, ear warmers/headband, and keep an eye out for cars. If you’re planning on running in the evening/low light hours, invest in a reflective vest or light. 

Have fun!

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I’m in Ontario too, and I’m finding it hard to run safely! I moved to a condo that doesn’t have an indoor gym so I’m stuck with outside being my only option. I’ll keep reading advice on this thread, thanks!

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

My FI and I wear these bad boys- waterproof and good traction, but they won’t bug you if you have to run on or cross pavement. Get gaiters if you’re running in deep snow though because the gore tex does nothing if snow gets in from above!

If you are running solely on snow/ice, check out microspikes. Yaktrax are ok but they’re not very durable. I wear these winter hiking when the snow is packed enough to not need snowshoes.

I usually wear a headband because unless it’s wicked cold a hat is too warm. Lightweight gloves that allow me to use my ipod are a must. Make sure you keep your feet toasty with some wool socks, too-Smartwool and Darn Tough are my favorites. And finally, if you are running in the dark, make sure you are lit/reflective!

And, as a PP said, you’re not going to break any PRs in the winter. Just be proud of the fact that you are doing something great for your body (while most people are chowing down mac & cheese on the couch)!

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I’m also from Ontario and enjoying the wintery weather we have right now! 

I usually go running in my neighbourhood which has fairly quiet, wide streets and just run on the road.  There are also a few paths that I know of which get plowed and salted fairly regularly so they are good options in most of the winter.  

But in general I wait until a day or two after a storm so streets/sidewalks are a little clearer.

Post # 11
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Such a great thread. I definitely would love to get into jogging in the cold! I think i will maybe order some yaktrax and gaiters since they seem to be a decent price. 

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@sweetchiquita12:  Yes, I’m right downtown and the sidewalks are cleared on major streets. That’s a plus!

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@sweetchiquita12:  Yay more snow!  Guess I better try to run tonight!  I’m outside of Toronto and my neighbourhood is pretty quiet with lots of well lit streets so I don’t mind running on the road.  I also usually run with another person so that helps with being safe on the road.

Post # 15
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Got my yaktraxs and some warmer running clothes. Only problem is it gets dark so early i will only be able to jog on the weekends until the days get longer. Excited though! i’m just hoping the rain we are supposedly suppose to get will hold off. Ugh. 

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