Gearing up for winter running

Earlier today, Runner’s World Magazine posted this interesting do-it-yourself video on their Facebook page explaining how you can prep your standard running shoes for icy road conditions this winter. Check it out:

[I’ve removed the video because it played automatically and it was annoying. I can’t seem to find a way to make it stop doing that, nor can I seem to link directly to the video on the Runner’s World website. If you’d like to see the video, go here and find the video entitled “Gear Tip: Stay on Your Feet.” Sorry for the inconvenience.]

I suppose the sidewalks in Toronto never get all that icy, but if they do, this might be an interesting suggestion to keep your body, and your dignity in tact. There is nothing worse than slipping and falling on ice. While it might be hilarious for anyone who sees you fall, you can really hurt yourself.

But don’t let that scare you away from getting out there in the colder weather. Winter running is actually awesome. Lots of people think winter running is extreme, or even stupid. But it doesn’t have to be. In fact, cold weather running is often exhilarating. I like running when my skin is cold. I like that for the first few minutes, you’re running just to warm up. And what I learned from several failed winter runs is that the right gear makes all the difference.

So don’t shy away from maintaining your running routine this winter. We live in Canada, after all. We shouldn’t just embrace the outdoors for a few short months. Grab some warmer winter gear, your awesome earmuff headphones, stick some spikes in your shoes and get out there!

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