Winter Running and Racing Tips

Whether you are joining Northeast Delta Dental for the Snow or No, We Go Trail Series or a Jingle Bell Run, or just a regular training run, we want you to be prepared for any conditions so that you get the most out of your time on the road or trails and join us for years to come. 

Tip #1 Establish a System

When navigating the great outdoors during colder seasons, it’s important to be prepared and build a system. Whether this means you check the forecast ahead of a run, let someone know your route, or have alternate routes in places should weather conditions sour, a good system offers safety and ensures you can enjoy winter recreation at ease.

Tip #2 Craft a Layer Strategy

It might be easy to remove and add layers during warmer weather, not so much when temperatures are falling. When running during the winter months, establishing a good base layer is important as this will determine the likelihood of you overheating. Layers should be breathable, and wick moisture. Avoid fabrics that stay wet and lose heat, like cotton. And don’t neglect your lower limbs; invest in warm pants or tights and thick socks to warm and protect your ankles and feet as you run.

Tip #3 Pick Shoes That Can Go the Distance

Your favorite pair might not be the optimal choice when running during the winter season, and for good reason. You’ll want a pair of shoes that provide stability during your run and that provide great traction should you encounter slick conditions like ice. There are many options for shoes with actual spikes/cleats as well as pull on spikes/cleats that will slip right over your winter running shoes. And yes, in some cases, you may want to opt for snowshoes.

Tip #4  Don’t Forget the Essentials

Just because it’s cold outside doesn’t mean your body won’t require proper hydration during or after a long run and it also doesn’t mean the sun won’t shine. Make sure you bring plenty of water, sunscreen, and reflective clothing/gear should your run take longer than expected. We also highly recommend always carrying an individual emergency kit for any unexpected situations that may arise.

Know before you go; the right equipment can mean the difference between enjoying your winter run and being miserable or worse!

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