Winter running tips: how to stay warm in the snow

Here are some tips to make sure you keep up with your running goals this winter.

Saskatoon Running Room manager Lyndon Smith shares his running tips

A runner braves -20 C temperatures in Montreal on Jan. 23. Lyndon Smith recommends covering your face to keep active outside in cold weather. (Paul Chiasson/Canadian Press)

Many think winter running is not for the faint of heart. 

Lyndon Smith, a former University of Saskatchewan runner and the manager of the Running Room in Saskatoon, agreed until recently, saying he thought running outside was out of the question.

Eventually his teammates talked him into giving it a try.

"They convinced me after two years to run outside with them. At first I thought, 'You guys are crazy, running outside in the winter time.' But they convinced me through positive peer pressure," said Smith. 

It may seem counterintuitive, but it was the cold that changed his mind about winter running. 

"There is nothing like the fresh cold air in the winter," said Smith.  

This weekend Smith sat down with CBC Radio's Eric Anderson on Saskatchewan Weekend to give us tips on how to make winter runs more enjoyable:

1. Three layers on top, one or two layers on the bottom 

The first layer should be moisture wicking, second can be a cotton and third should be a windbreaker. 

For bottoms, Smith said insulated running pants work well. But if its very cold he recommends wearing long johns or a pair of running tights with a wind pant over top. 

2. A neck warmer

Neck tubes are ideal because they let you adjust as the temperature drops. If it's colder than -15 C, Smith runs with his neck warmer covering his mouth so that it keeps the air moist. 

3. Running gloves 

These come in a wide selection and are based on the temperature. Newer gloves have touch-screen technology on the finger tips so that you don't have to take off your gloves to change a song. 

4. Shoes with a good grip 

Very important to keep you upright on icy mornings!  


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