How to fall over
No runner likes to admit it but as the ground gets slippery, falling becomes a very real part of the experience (though always embarrassing: nothing we can do to help with that). We quickly wanted to touch on how best to fall so as not to hurt yourself. If you do find you’re slipping and a fall can’t be stopped, try and land on your rump as if sitting. Likely nothing bad will happen to you if you land like this as you have the body’s best cushioning working in favor, so once you’re right, pick yourself up and keep going – red face and all.
What to do after a winter run
Congratulations! You did the hard part in getting out there, now there’s just a few things to do differently to when you run in normal weather. The first is strip off any wet clothes, as this can lead to your body temperature dropping significantly after the run. Strip off, have a warm shower if feeling cold or as needed, then go back and clean shoes and your running gear and dry it in a warm place, or put it in the wash.
If your usual post-run recovery involves a protein shake, swap out the cold water (or milk) for warm. Warm fluid is actually absorbed by the body faster than cold, and has the double effect of helping you feel back to normal internally from any cold you sustained on the run. It’s also commonly recommended over winter you boost your vitamin C and iron, such as by drinking orange juice or citrus fruits (vitamin C) and red meat, beans or eggs (iron), as this helps further ward off any potential sicknesses you may have picked up out there.
The other way to run in winter: The gym (or the pool)
If cold weather is just too much for you, but you want to maintain your levels of running fitness, treadmill running in winter is something you can do to stay and maintain your training, If you have access to a heated pool, aqua running (running against the resistance of the water) is another way to add in a varied training routine that can be valuable for you if the “hamster-wheel” of treadmill running daily in winter becomes too much for you and you’re looking to mix things up.
All said and done, winter should be no excuse to get there and running. All the benefits of summer running with the extra reasons of it boosting immunity and battling against sour winter moods are enough to add on a few layers of protection and head out there against Mother Nature. You’ll be thankful you did when spring and summer roll around and other runners are starting to fight back to where they were fitness wise months ago, but you’re ready to run PB’s thanks to having kept going all through the season.
To end, we’ve gathered a few of the most common questions people have about running in winter to further give you the right incentives and facts when facing winter running.