How to enjoy running outdoors this winter

When the temperatures start to dip and the days get shorter, a lot of people hang up their running shoes and go into hibernation mode. But there’s something magical about running in the winter, especially if you’re lucky enough to live near a park. If you’re thinking about venturing out for a winter run, here are a few things you should know.

Dress in Layers
The key to dressing for a winter run is to dress in layers. You want to make sure that you have a layer next to your skin that will wick away sweat, followed by a insulating layer, and then a wind-proof layer on top. Don’t forget to wear a hat and gloves! (And if you really want to get high-tech, you can buy special earmuffs that allow you to keep your ears warm without sacrificing being able to hear traffic.)

Know Your Route
If you’re running in the dark, it’s important to be familiar with your route so that you don’t get lost. Stick to well-lit streets and avoid shortcuts through wooded areas or parks. And be sure to tell someone where you’re going before you head out the door!

Be Prepared for Slippery Conditions
When there’s snow or ice on the ground, it’s important to take extra precautions. Wear shoes with good tread and be careful not to go too fast around corners. If you can, run on cleared paths instead of trying to navigate through unplowed roads or trails.

With a little preparation, winter running can be a great way to stay in shape—and enjoy the beauty of nature—during the colder months. So bundle up, strap on your shoes, and hit the pavement! Who knows, you might just find yourself falling in love with winter running.

Join us every Tuesday for a run around the Olympic Park in Stratford.