Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Guide to Winter Running
Just because snow is on the ground doesn’t mean runners have to put their shoes into hibernation.
The snow is finally here, but that doesn’t mean you have to hang up those running shoes for the winter.
There are many ways to avoid the regular routine of hitting the indoor gym this winter season.
I decided to venture out to Skinny Raven Sports to find some new options on how to survive these cold Alaska days, and to figure out how to get the average runner prepared for their next marathon in the winter.
Having the right shoe, along with traction, should be one of your first tasks. “Shoes with studs built in them is a fairly recent thing, but it’s kind of like having good tires-if you don’t have them you’re going to slip on ice," said Skinny Raven’s Benjamin Stolpman.
Next is staying warm! This is one of the biggest complaints most have when outside running. Items such as craft pants are a very good investment because they still allow your legs to breathe while keeping you warm.
Having reflective coating is vital for our dark Alaska winters, which allows you to remain seen and safe. Lastly, you’ve got to keep the head warm. This is where you lose the majority of heat, so it is crucial to invest in headgear that will keep you warm at all times.
With all of the newest styles of shoes, you won’t have to worry about sacrificing warmth or stability. And even if you’re comfortable with your own running shoe, you can simply take them in and have them studded for $10.
You can maintain being fashionable and functional this winter season without giving up your love for running just because of a little cold weather and snow.