As a runner, you’ll have witnessed the look of disbelief on people’s faces as you run through hail, snow, blizzards, and freezing temperatures. But if running in Eden Prairie is part of your daily routine, why should you stop when the seasons start to change?
Winter is a great time to run because you’re not battling through crowds on the paths and you’re not faced with sky-high temperatures. All you need to do is take extra caution and plan ahead, and you’ll be enjoying all the freedom the winter and autumn seasons provide you with as a runner.
Running Through Mud
Whether the snow’s turned to sludge or there’s been a heavy downpour, mud can create an incredibly tricky surface to run on. If this is the case, it’s a good idea to stick to drier trails, but when you can’t, look for ones that are south facing (because these will get the most sun) or run early while the ground’s still relatively frozen.
However, when you’re running on frozen mud, you’ll need to watch your ankles, as it’s highly likely the surface you’re running on will be uneven. And, be prepared to feel more tired than usual after a run through the mud, as all the slipping and sliding you’re doing can take its toll in other ways. Finally, don’t forget to give your shoes a thorough clean when you get home.
Running Through Rain
If your run is going to be a wet one, the things you’ll need to look out for most are pruned and blistered feet. So, if the forecast predicts rain, make sure you’ve lubed up your feet before you head out, especially around your toes and heels. You can use Vaseline or an inexpensive product like Bag Balm. This will help stop the rain from penetrating your skin. You might also want to add water-repellent socks or shoes, because this will reduce your risk of sustaining blisters.
There’s always safety in numbers, and this is no less true when you’re out running during the colder months. Why not join a local running group or head out with some friends?
Don’t forget to accessorize properly, adding lots of layers so you can adjust your running apparel according to how hot or cold you feel. You’ll also want to make sure you’re visible when you’re running, opting for flashing lights or a reflective vest, especially when it’s dark outside or snowing. And when it comes to footwear, Runner’s World recommends a number of shoes that are suited to a range of weather.
Finally, make sure you’re well hydrated on your run, and if it does get really icy, hit the treadmill instead of the sidewalk—icy paths just aren’t worth the risk.
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