Winter running, part 4: Winter is coming. And a lot of people step inside to spend their winter on the treadmill. Sadly, this is happening because of some old myths that never seem to die. And most of them are false. Here are some of the most common ones:
Myth 1: It’s impossible to run when the ground is covered with snow and ice.
Answer: False. With the right traction you will do just fine – it will even be great fun! Please try one of our BUGrip models to get the perfect match between comfort and traction – and experience what winter running is all about!
Myth 2: It’s too cold to run in the winter.
Answer: Nope. That’s wrong. Most of us don’t have any physiological barriers that will prevent us from running in the cold. Try it out and you will see. If the temperature drops to –20° C, you can consider canceling your training, though.
Myth 3: You will injure yourself if you run in slippery conditions.
Answer: Yes you will! If you run with bad traction, that is. If you use some of our BUGrip or OLX shoes, you won’t. And if the gym is your alternative, please bear in mind that the treadmill is the one thing in the gym that’s responsible for most injuries.
Myth 4: You get sick if you run in wet and cold weather.
Answer: False. Neither rain, nor cold, will make you sick. You should remember to wear dry and warm clothes before and after your running session, though.
Myth 5: It’s dangerous to run in the dark.
Answer: In general, people are scared of two things while running in the dark. The first thing is the traffic; the second is scary dudes in the shadows. And it sure is the right thing to pay some respect to the traffic – but if you use a headlamp and some reflective clothes, you will be better prepared than most people. About the scary dudes, you should know that they’re not as common as you think. Anyhow, if feeling unsecure the best advice is of course to run in bright places, and to bring a friend.
Myth 6: My bronchus will be hurt if I run during the winter.
Answer: Probably not. Asthmatics may experience some problems in the winter as the air becomes dry when the temperature drops low. You can minimize the problems by drinking some extra water before your training session, by using a bronchodilator or by using a breathing mask.
Myth 7: I can’t run as fast in the winter.
Answer: Nah. That’s true. In the winter, the ground won’t be as fast as in the summer and it’s also hard to push your body in the cold. But this doesn’t need to be a bad thing. Instead, try to see this as a great period for some low intensity distance training. Use the winter to build some strength and endurance that you can use to run fast in the rest of the year.
Myth 8: Winter equipment is expensive.
Answer: Sure, you have to pay up to buy the gear you need to run through the whole winter. Meanwhile, if you buy some high quality stuff, you can use it for a long, long time.
Myth 9: It’s hard to dress in the winter.
Answer: Yes, if you don’t know how to do it. It’s easy to get too warm, or too cool. The solution is to not use cotton, and to stick to the so called three layer-principle. Have a base layer – preferably in wool or merino wool – closest to your body. Next up, have a middle layer if you need some extra heat. Finish it off with a shell jacket that repels wind and rain. Problem solved!
Myth 10: Reflective clothing looks like sh*t.
Answer: They did for a long time, yeah. And we agree: it’s not fun to run when you look like a lost construction worker. But hey – things change. Today, you can use both jackets and tights that look normal in the daytime and shines like a diamond in the night.