Winter Running Tips

For some, going out for a run is a great way to get some exercise and fresh air, especially if you don’t like cycling and want something faster than a hike. But with the weather turning colder and winter just around the corner, there are certain things you need to do to keep yourself warm, dry and safe whilst on your jog.

Do a warmup

Something you should do before every run is a warmup to help stretch out your muscles and joints ready for exercise. But you should definitely make sure to warmup before a run during winter. Stretching your muscles and joints pre-run for at least 15 minutes will help to raise your body temperature and prevent your lefts going stiff.

Keep your hands warm

Not the most essential thing but if you want to be comfortable and enjoy your run, the last thing you want is for your hands to go numb from being freezing cold. To stop this from happening, all you need it a simple pair of thick, warm gloves – preferably waterproof.


Wear a base layer

Just like you want to keep your hands warm, you need to keep your whole body warm too. And a base layer is perfect for this. Base layers are specially designed to use your own body heat to keep you warm as well as wick moisture away to keep you dry – perfect for a winter run. And with an option for a base layer top and bottom, you’ll be able to keep all of your body toasty warm.


Good grip shoes

With the wet and cold winters some the snow and ice. Not something that mixes well with running. To stop yourself from looking like you’re taking part in Dancing On Ice and potentially injuring yourself, you will been a good quality, preferably waterproof running shoes with good traction on the bottom.


Stay hydrated

Whether you’re thirsty or not, you should make sure to drink plenty of liquids before, during and after your run. Whilst you may not sweat as much as a run in the summer, you can still easily become dehydrated.


A quick finish

When you’ve finished your run, your body temperature will drop quickly so the last thing you want is to be walking home in the cold. You should plan your route so that you finish close to home or somewhere you can stop at to warm up. If you drive to your running location, you should make sure to leave a warm, thick coat and hot drink in the car ready to warm you up.


Persistence is key

If you’re new to winter running, or running in general, you won’t necessarily be the quickest or most agile. You are running on a potentially slippy surface after all! However, if you stick at it, even if its only once a week, you will soon settle into a rhythm and get used to running on any snow or ice.