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I get lots of questions about winter running. Many wonder about traction on ice and snow or even how to dress in cold temperatures. At our just run Millinocket Marathon & Half held in Northern Maine the air temperature was between 4F and 6F at the start depending if you were standing in the sun or not.
It was pretty icy on the Golden Road as runners headed north towards Mt Katahdin. (pic).
The fact is that running on ice is not that difficult in standard running shoes. When we run, vs when walking, our individual foot strikes are in contact with the ground for much less time, meaning we are almost already falling forward, coupled with the fact that when running we exert about 1.5 times of our body weight in down force per stride, which makes us into traction machines. The tricky part of running on ice and snow is turning or stopping. This is when we fall.
As far as what to wear? In temps below 10F it’s always about layers. For example a tech tank top, a tech short sleeve, a tech long sleeve, plus a wind jacket on top. Tights plus wind pants on the legs, two hats and face protection, if windy, and gloves with mittens over and you’re good to go!
As I like to tell runners, don’t use winter as an excuse instead make it a reason to go outside and run!
(Marathon Man Gary Allen - Read more from Gary here at My Best Runs. Gary is one of only a few marathoners in the world who has run a sub three hour marathon in each of the last five decades. In 2020 he wants to make it six. No one in the world has done that.)(12/19/2018) ⚡AMP