Winter running tips: how to stay warm in the snow
Saskatoon Running Room manager Lyndon Smith shares his running tips
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!