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Brigitte Gray (left)




Just Keep Running
Dress warm, find a pack & other tips for winter runs

01/25/18
By Angie Sykeny asykeny@hippopress.com



 Brigitte Gray is the manager, running coach and running group leader at Runner’s Alley in Manchester. Her winter running group Winter Warriors meets at the store on Thursdays at 6 p.m. and Saturdays at 8 a.m. 

 
How do you choose a good winter route? 
Try to run where the city or your neighbors have already shoveled the walkways. If that’s not an option, try a two-lane one-way street, because cars have a lane to move over for you. The beauty of running is that you can run anywhere, as long as you’re wearing the proper traction; that’s the most important thing. If you wear something like a Kahtoola Nanospike, which has spikes on the back, and you can literally run on ice.
 
When is the best time to run in the winter? 
You have to watch the weather. It’s not like summer where you can go every morning or every evening. If tomorrow morning is going to be way colder than it is this evening, get your run in now. If you’re running at night, be sure to wear a blinker or reflective vest, and definitely avoid the times that plows will be clearing the roads, because they will have trouble seeing you. 
 
How do you dress for the elements? 
The right gear makes winter running way more doable. Go with lined items; a thin fleece lining is good. The biggest tip is to dress like it’s 15 degrees warmer than it is. If you’re comfortable when you head out, you’re overdressed. Cotton socks will make your feet cold, so try wicking socks or a good pair of wool socks, or two if it’s really cold. A balaclava is a good idea, because it covers your neck, nose, cheeks and ears. Wear sunglasses that don’t fog up to protect your eyes from the wind and elements, and to cut the glare, which gives you better depth perception. 
 
How do you stay motivated in the winter weather? 
Group runs all the way. You’re more likely to go if you know your friends are going to show up, and it’s more fun. … Also, remember that you don’t need to put as much pressure on your performance in the winter or take things so seriously. If it’s cold and a blizzard outside, just be proud that you got out at all. As long as you keep running, you’ll have a good foundation for the spring. 





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