Monday, January 18, 2021

How to Run When It's Icy

During the winter, I get asked a lot about how to run when it's icy outside. It's a great question, because the last thing you want to happen is to slip and fall and end up injured and losing the winter to build up your mileage base. Below are my top 3 suggestions:

Suggestion 1: Don't Run

I know that may sound funny coming from a running coach, "Don't run", but honestly, I'd rather you stay healthy and not risk it. Stay in, run inside on a treadmill, or do some other form of cross training like a stationary bike, swim at an indoor pool, etc. Also, keep in mind, if you run consistently, missing a day or two is not going to hurt your performance. In fact, it may even help by forcing you to rest, giving your body a chance to rest and recover from prior workouts.

Suggestion 2: Run Very Carefully

If you love racking up the mileage and insist on running, then try shortening your stride. Taking smaller, more frequent steps will help you keep better traction and reduce the risk of a slip and fall incident. If you can, find snowy parts as the snow will give your traction whereas ice will just be slick.

You can also drop you arms out to the sides and lower than normal and use them for balance the way a tight rope walker would. It may sound funny, but it helps.

Suggestion 3: Use Crampons or Ice Cleats

If you live up north, where it can be icy and slick for days upon days, you may want to invest in a pair of slip-on crampons, also sometimes called Ice-Cleats. these slip over your runnin shoes and have sharp nodules on the bottom that will bite into the ice and give you traction, similar to the way chains on tires work for your car. Below, I have a link to a great amazon product. By using the link below, you will help support this site as I will receive a small commission.

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