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Tips For Running in Snow

A Reader's Advice: 3 Tips For Running in the Snow

FitSugar reader the13thmile shared these tips for Winter running in the RunningSugar community group.

Snow Run December 2010

I can’t even believe I’m writing this — but it’s not as bad as you’d think. Yesterday, with one too many Christmas cookies weighing on my conscience, I laced up my running shoes after the East Coast media-dubbed “Christmas Blizzard of 2010" and went out for a near five-mile run. What I learned? With the right gear to keep you warm, running in snow is actually quite fun.

With caution to avoid ice patches, running on shoveled sidewalks or packed snow were the safest terrain options. I would compare the packed snow of the sidewalk to the feeling of running on wet sand in the summer.

See three tips on how to run in the snow when you


With a few pointers, I think you might be up for a snow run today, if your area is knee-deep in the fluffy stuff.


1. Dress warm and in layers — This is a no-brainer, but you want to make sure your fabric is lightweight while still wicking away wind. I used a base layer of thin, wind-resistant material with a heavy sweatshirt and sweatpants over it to seal in warmth.

2. To prevent breathing in cold air (something that always makes me sick), breathe through a scarf — I tied a scarf around my neck and used this to warm the air before breathing it in. It saved me the next-day sore throat I’ve endured after past Winter runs.

3. Hats, gloves, etc. — One of my Christmas gifts this year was a pair of gloves that can still touch the iPhone (someone knows me too well!). It was my first time trying them out, and they worked wonderfully. Not only was I able to snap some snowy pictures, but I could change up the music on my iPod. A winter hat tucked over my earphones and no wind was blowing them off my face!

Now this getup is certainly not the sexiest of outfits, but who cares when no one — I mean no one — else is out on the road? I ran around the river close to my family’s house, through town, and around a nearby park, and mostly encountered a few wind gusts and some slow driving cars, but no other runners. By bundling up, I stayed warm, especially once I started moving.

Have fun on your snowy run if you choose to brave the elements!

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the13thmile the13thmile 6 years
I just saw your comment! Here are the links to the gloves:
Arthur Arthur 6 years
i like running in snow. love it when the bod gets fully warmed up. pretty powerful feeling to be able to keep yourself warm in cold conditions. but in the day or two after a big storm, i either cross country or snow shoe. i don't like running when there's powder on the ground. Of course since I live in SF now, not really relevant.....
guavajelly guavajelly 6 years
I have such a fear of hitting a patch of ice and waking up in a hospital. Maybe one day I'll muster up the guts to run in the winter.
Miss-Bree Miss-Bree 6 years
can you post these miracle gloves you speak of....they sound like a godsend!
benheld benheld 6 years
Way to go on the winter snow running. I just started running in the snow this year, and wonder why I hadn't tried it before. You're pictures are beautiful, keep writing!
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