Tips for Winter Runners

December 23, 2019 | By: Raleigh Orthopaedic Team

With frigid temperatures settling in across North Carolina, running enthusiasts are beginning to pack away their shoes until the spring. While the thought of outdoor running during the winter months is unappealing to some, it is actually an enjoyable experience when done correctly.

Just follow these winter running tips from the doctors at Raleigh Orthopaedic, and you will be dashing through the snow in no time:

Treat Your Feet

Proper footwear is always essential for runners, but even more so during the winter. To keep warmth in and slush out, it is recommended to wear shoes with minimal mesh. A pair of water-resistant wool socks is also recommended. To avoid slipping, shoes should ideally be equipped with a non-slip grip made especially for snow and slush.

Dress Warm, but Not Too Warm

You want to keep warm, but you don’t want to overheat. The general rule of thumb is to dress as if it’s 20 degrees warmer. You should be a little cool when you start your run, but your body temperature will quickly rise. Dressing in layers is essential; your base layer should be a synthetic material that wicks moisture away from your skin, and your outer layer should be waterproof and wind-resistant.

Make Sure You Are Seen

With limited hours of daylight, there is a good chance you will be running in the dark. Dress in bright, fluorescent colors so that oncoming cars are aware of your presence. Running with a headlamp is another way to make sure you are seen while also improving your own visibility.

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