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Pro runner, Abby Levene, shares her tips for running in the snow

As a New Hampshirite training as a professional runner in Colorado, I’ve been running in snow nearly my entire life. Believe it or not, it can be fun if you’re properly prepared. (And you will feel like an exhilarated badass as an added bonus.) As outlined in this video, here are my top five tips for getting out there:

  1. Dress appropriately. There is no such thing as bad weather, only bad preparation, as they say. Layer up: start with a wicking base layer made of wool or something synthetic to wick moisture away from your skin. If it’s especially cold, wear an insulating layer lined with fleece to retain warmth (and allow for temperature modulation by taking it off). Finally, wear a water and wind-resistant layer on top to keep you protected and dry. Gloves/mittens and tall socks are a must. Frozen, nonfunctional hands are never fun. And have you ever experienced dry, cracked, and itchy ankles? I hope not. Just trust me that it’s not the most pleasant and wear warm, preferably wool socks already.

  2. Stay on the snow and avoid the ice. Snow tends to be sticker than ice. Plus, snow-less ground on cold, snowy days means there is a high chance of black ice stealthily lurking on cement to trip you when you least expect it. Minimize the chance of slipping by sticking to the snow, where possible.

  3. Wear traction. An absolute necessity on snowy, icy days. The Yaktrax Run is my go-to. They are super lightweight, comfortable, and grip snowy, icy roads effectively. Plus, the removable strap on top ensures that they don’t fall off (one of the most frustrating side-effects with many types of traction).

  4. Wear a hat with a brim. Key for keeping snow out of your face and eyes!

  5. Create a warmth action plan. For when you’re done. This is key, guys! One of the secrets to running in the snow is remembering that you actually enjoy it. You can have the most fun, exhilarating run of all time, but if you let yourself freeze afterwards you will suffer from PTSD and not want to do it again. I recommend getting out of your wet clothes and taking a hot shower ASAP, as well as consuming a hot beverage (mochas are my go-tos after cold, snowy morning runs).

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