Winter running is beautiful, but it also presents challenges to even the most diehard runners. Among the worst are the frigid temperatures, shorter days and icy roads. We can put on additional layers of clothing to combat the dropping temperatures, and we can run later in the morning or earlier in the afternoon to avoid the dark, but the icy roads and the vehicles that navigate them present the greatest threat.
Winter Roads = Advanced Defensive Running Techniques
It pays to be a defensive runner. Jump in the snow bank if you have to! Drivers assume that no one in their right mind will be out there. Often times they are hurriedly making their way to or from work and have only a small area of windshield from which to see the roads as their defrosters struggle to keep up. Couple that with the slippery conditions and poor visibility, and it’s really scary to be out there. YOU must be watching for THEM. It doesn’t pay to play chicken with a 2-ton vehicle.
Runners also have slippery conditions. It’s difficult just staying upright and on your feet. I have found an easy way to combat the slippery roads. This solution costs almost nothing: a few hexagonal metal screws and an old pair of running shoes. Enjoy running in the winter, but please stay safe and make it home again.