Remember a few months ago when you headed out for a run, and you just put on a pair of shorts and a shirt, threw on your shoes and MP3 player, and off you went? Then winter hit.
Running in winter certainly takes more thought and preparation than those carefree days of summer. And, whether you run in the limited daylight hours or in the early morning or evening darkness, you must overcome a few more challenges to run safely in the wintertime.
Covering the Basics
Running in daylight is always safer. If you live in the land of ice and snow, however, the sun’s glare off the snow can make your running uncomfortable and potentially unsafe. You need a lightweight pair of sunglasses that won’t slip down your nose when you perspire, and that won’t fog up in the cold.
For solid vision during winter running, nothing beats Oakley’s Half Jacket Sunglasses. Here’s why:
- Plutonite lenses filter out 100% of all UV light and adapt to any light condition.
- The open-edge design allows excellent peripheral vision.
- The XYZ Optics provide unmatched clarity.
- With a light index of 3 for extremely bright sunlight, the Iridium coating provides maximum glare reduction and true-color perception.
With Oakley Half Jacket, you’ll be ready for safe running in any light.
Good traction is another issue runners face in snowy climates. When fears of slips and falls threaten to destroy good form, Yaktrax is the most user-friendly ice traction devices for your running shoes.
Yaktrax are lightweight, compact and fit nearly all brands of shoes. The coil design gives 360 degrees of traction with hundreds of biting edges allowing you to run with a more natural gait over packed snow and ice.
Still feel the bite of frozen fingertips even when your core is dripping sweat? Reflective gloves won’t let your fingers get nippy.
Through extensive testing, proven patterns, innovative materials, and meticulous quality control, Youngstown’s gloves are # 1 in durability. These gloves are waterproof, windproof, and highly visible. The insulating micro-fleece liner coupled with a breathable membrane keeps hands at just the right temperature. Reflective tape on the knuckles and wrist mean they’re ideal for running in low-light conditions too.
Best of all, their terry cloth thumb virtually screams, “Go ahead. Wipe your nose on me.”
Running in the Dark
Running in the evening or early morning darkness makes visibility an critical safety concern. To achieve the safest workout in low-light and dark conditions, consider reflective clothing and well-lit routes.
Radians Reflective Safety Vests makes you visible even in the most hard-to-see winter conditions. They’re available in several configurations and feature exceptional durability, so you’ll get years of use.
Also, routes with the most streetlights, businesses or residential lights are the safest choices. Oncoming cars can see you better, and you’ll be better able to avoid potential hazards such as potholes, icy patches, and road debris.
Additional Safety Tips
Finally, we’d like to remind you of some basic tips for safety when running outside. Coupled with the condition-specific information above, you’re sure to enjoy a safe run regardless of the weather conditions.
- Run against traffic. It’s easier to avoid cars if you can see them coming. Also run along less-busy roads with shoulders, bike paths or sidewalks.
- Vary your routes and times. Potential attackers study a runner’s routines and wait in dark recesses. Don’t make yourself an easy target.
- Run with a partner. There’s safety in numbers. So, if possible, never run alone. If you must, let someone know the route you’re running and approximately when you should be back.
- Carry a cell phone. You’ll be able to call police immediately if something goes wrong or if you notice anything suspicious.
- Always wear identification. Zip your driver’s license in your pocket or wear an ID tag on your shoe or wrist. Check out Road ID for a terrific option in wearable identification.
With a few select pieces of winter gear and some common-sense safety, runners can enjoy their sport year-round. You’ll be confident that your health and safety are protected while you’re doing your body some good.