First of all winter running and trail running are what I like to call “Nature’s obstacle courses”. They provide attainable challenges and keep you on your toes the whole time. That is why I love them both so much! 😆
Things you need to know and things to make sure you have before trying this type of running:
Firstly, you need to be dressed warmly enough that you can get through the first 10 minutes of your run. You don’t want to overdo it or you will overheat! I wear layers and use zippered clothing that can be zipped down if I am too warm. I have 2 types of running shoes for all of my running, my regular road shoes, and my trail/winter running shoes. These trail shoes have more tread, and a waterproof layer (sometimes) to protect your feet a little more. You should have mittens/gloves that have a flip back top for when/if your hands get too hot. Lastly, you should have a balaclava or a neck warmer to cover a good portion of your face and ears, and a good thin, yet warm hat.
When I run in the winter I feel so challenged, and so very satisfied when I am done. I don’t worry about speed or distance, because the satisfaction of the battling the ice, snow, wind, and minus zero temperatures are an exhilarating challenge.
One thing also is that winter running gives you an excuse to run slower and use shorter strides. This is an important tip as this is what you need to focus on the whole time. As you run, shorten your stride in the snow and ice and if you think you may slip just hop off onto the grass and/or walk. You also need to do this as you approach corners.
Well, have I convinced any of you out there to give it a try??? I strongly encourage you to if you love running and like a challenge. This is the main way I have learned to embrace winter. I found an activity I thoroughly enjoy doing outside and I learned that the challenge and fun of it make me so very happy, which in turn makes me a better person.
Once you’ve embraced this, you can give my other favourite a try……snowshoe running😆 Now that’s another blog😄😄😄
Please, give it a try! There are so many nice, clear winter days that are purely gorgeous and you could learn to embrace winter too.
Your Simply Susan motivational tip of the day.
Keep sunny, and embrace winter running. 😆
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