More Winter Running Tips
Here’s a short addendum to my last blog about winter running.
Better Traction: One of the best ways I’ve ever found to adapt my running shoes for better winter running performance has been to screw a number of 1/4″ sheet metal screws to the bottoms of my running shoes. I usually put 5-6 screws in the forefoot area and another 4 in the heel section. I’d do this to an old pair of shoes and use them only when I was either running on icy streets, or running trails that were covered with snow and/or ice. This rather unconventional approach to improving traction has always worked well for me.
Cold Feet: Another trick you can use if you get cold feet like I do is to wear neoprene socks to keep your toes warm. There are lots of these types of sock available if you “Google” neoprene socks. They work well for those of you refuse to go onto a treadmill when it’s nasty out, and for those who suffer from terminal popsicle toes, like I do.
Protect Your Face and Lungs: This tip doesn’t have anything to do with shoes, but it will save your face if you’re out running in temperatures below 20ºF. Go to your local hardware store and buy a package of particle masks (used for working in dusty environments) and get the kind that are molded to fit your face. They cover most of your face and pre-heat the air coming into your lungs, which could ward off illness.
Running in Unstable Conditions: The last tip for today is how to run in fresh or loose snow. That’s easy, just use the ChiRunning technique of falling forward and picking up your feet instead of pushing off with your legs. This running form works in any type of unstable ground conditions from mud to slush to powder snow.
The only conditions I don’t recommend you run in are refrozen slush. In this case you really are better off on a treadmill… or in some cases, curling up in front of a fire with a good book.
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