Most of Canada has seen
their first snowfall, and this means that winter running
has officially begun. While some runners enjoy cold
weather running more than others, there are some inevitable
steps that runners go though when venturing into the
wild snow-covered streets for their morning miles.
Last winter we wrote
a piece about the seven emotional stages of winter
running, this year we’re making the list even
longer because upon further consideration (and the
knowledge that this is supposed to be a rough winter),
there are so many more than seven stages.
Stage 1 –
Getting dressed in your very cold bedroom - Waking
up before the sun to go and run in the snow is a tough
sell, but the biggest barrier to overcome is really
getting out of your warm bed. Once you get out of
your warm bed, you’re faced with the reality
that you have to get dressed for your run in a glacial
bedroom–another difficult thing to do.
Stage 2 –
Struggling to lift your knees because you’re
wearing too many layers - Even with the best
technical gear, there are days when runners feel like
a sausage in a casing as they head out the door. You
want to be warm enough, but remember that you might
be a little cold during the first 10 minutes of your
winter run, this is normal. We promise you’ll
warm up and ultimately be happy that you left those
five extra quarter zips at home.
Stage 3 –
Realizing that you didn’t properly dry your
shoes from yesterday’s run - If you’ve
invested in winter running shoes, then this stage
probably doesn’t apply to you. But if you’re
running in you all-season trainers through the snowy
months, this stage is all too real. You don’t
want your feet wet before you’ve even left the
comfort of your home.Pro tip: Winter running shoes
make a huge difference, we strongly recommend buying
Stage 4 –
Not paying attention to your footing, near contact
with pavement - As you work into your run
and your mind wanders, try and remember to pay attention
to where you’re going. Even on a cleared path
there are still icy patches–keep an eye out
otherwise you may end up in a tangle with the ground.
Stage 5 –
Meeting fellow winter runners, nodding quickly to
acknowledge your winter-running solidarity
- For fear of getting very cold, most runners don’t
stop mid-winter run to chat. They will acknowledge
each other with a quick nod.
Stage 6 –
Must use washroom but government-run parks are closed
for the season - Your winter running route
may need to be different from your summer running
route for bathroom purposes. See if there’s
a Tim Hortons of McDonalds along the way as the washroom
you usually use may be closed for the season.
Stage 7 –
So excited for shower, too hot to start -
You’ve completed your run and you’re very
excited to eat some warm food and take a hot shower.
However, be careful about hopping in that hot shower
too quickly or you may feel a burn worse that the
burn you felt during your run.
Stage 8 –
Extreme pride knowing that you spent some time outdoors
- The fresh air really does feel better. Unless it’s
totally treacherous (and those days do exist) try
to schedule time for an outdoor run. You’re
body and mind will thank you.