Top 5 Tips for Winter Running

Published 8th December 2018
Category Running Tips

Running in the winter has it’s own set of challenges, especially in the UK where the weather can vary from one end of the spectrum to the other that you don’t really know what it’s going to be like from one day to the next.

These are my top five tips that help me through those winter months.

Tip 1 – Always be Seen

The long winter nights make for comfy TV watching in front of the TV, but if like we runners do, prefer hitting the streets after sundown, then it’s best to be seen.

A lot of accidents happen when runners are not seen by other road users.  Always wear something reflective that can be seen by drivers, wear a torch that can be attached to your chest oe head so you can see where you are going and why not invest in some fibre optic lighting that goes around your body or shoes that makes you stand out.

Tip 2 – Dress Appropriately

Look at the weather before you venture out.  Is it cold? Is it raining or snowing? Or is it Icy?  These are all questions that you should be asking yourself and then dress appropriately for whats happening outside.

Remember that while you are out running and you start to get warm, you can always take a layer off.  You can’t add layers that you don’t have if you are getting cold!

In extreme wet weather, I wear Gortex running shoes such as the ASICS Cumulus-19 GTX, these help keep your feet dry.  Along with them, I sometimes wear Sealskinz socks that provide an extra waterproof barrier to my feet.  After all, there is nothing worse that having wet and cold feet during a long run!

Covering your head prevents a lot of heat loss, so get yourself a good running hat that will wick away the sweat. 

I also run with a Buff, these are fantastic pieces of kit that you can use for a multitude of things from a hat, a face mask for cold weather and if you have long hair you can even use it as a scrunchy.

Tip 4 – Keep people informed.

With winter running, accidents can happen even during the daytime.  If you don’t have a run buddy, let someone know that you are going out for a run, what time you expect to be back and which route you are expecting to take.  That way if in the unlikely event something does happen, you know that someone will be looking for you.

If you think it will make you feel safe, then carry a personal attack alarm.  These can not only be used for attacks (these are very rare) but could also be used to draw attention if you have a slip or fall.

Tip 5 – Plan your route in advance

Plan your route in advance so that you know exactly which way you are going and you can also avoid places that may not be lit that well and avoid areas that could be dangerous.

Use can use a route planning app such as Strava or Runkeeper to not only plan a route but to find other popular routes designed and run by other people.


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