7 Splendid Running Tips for Winter Racing ...


As snow falls to the ground and you feel like winter racing runs are out of the question, you may want to think again.

Winter racing can be a challenge but it can also be exhilarating to run through the cool air as snowflakes fall on your face!

Geared up in fitted layers, you may feel like a superhero ready to save the world or just sprint a few quick miles.

I have had many quick winter running races because I had to run faster just to keep warm.

Although the cold can be piercing at times, when you complete a winter race you feel so accomplished.

As you nestle in your bed at night, your body and mind may be begging for more.

Here are my tips to help you in your winter racing goals:

1. Dress for Your Winter Racing

When you begin a winter racing competition, you will need to be warm so your muscles do not get stiff and increase your risk of an injury.

Dress in layers but be aware you will probably toss some layers during the race.2

I prefer to warm up in pants with shorts underneath, a short sleeve shirt with a long sleeve zip up over this and, of course, gloves.

Just a few moments before the race begins, I usually take off my warm up pants to run in shorts, regardless of the cold and frigid temperature.

Once you begin racing you will warm up.

In winter training runs I run in pants, but in races I almost always run in shorts.

2. Run with Caution

Runners be aware!

If the roads are ice covered you may want to use today as a cross training day.

When the roads are brushed with snow, run with caution and be aware of the cars driving by.

Training outdoors in the winter can be challenging but it will pay off on race day!

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