10 myths about winter running
It’s not possible to run outdoors in winter – or is it?
Let's review some of the most common myths and misconceptions about winter running.
Answer: You can run when there’s snow and ice once you have the right gear. With the right shoes on your feet, it's not only possible - it's also great fun! Try one of our models with BUGrip to experience the perfect combination of comfort and unbeatable grip.
Answer: Most of us have no physiological barriers to running, even when the temperature is below zero. But when the thermometer has crept below minus 20 degrees, it may be wise to consider training at a different time.
Answer: Yes, you will - if you don't use shoes with traction. But also keep in mind that it can be even more dangerous to run on the treadmill - equipment in the gym causes the most injuries.
Answer: Exercising when the weather is cold and wet poses no danger to your immune system. However, be careful to have dry and warm clothes before and after your session.
Answer: In general, people are afraid of two things when training in the dark: traffic and unknown people hiding in the shadows. You have to respect the traffic. If you use a lot of reflectors and a headlamp, you will be highly visible and more prepared than most. To feel more confident when running at night, run in places that you know well, well-lit areas, or train with a good friend!
Answer: Asthmatics can have problems in winter when the temperature drops and the air becomes drier. Drinking a lot before exercise and using bronchodilator medicine can help, as can using heat exchangers. For most people, however, the windpipes work as usual, even during the winter.
Answer: This may be true. It is more difficult to push the body in the cold, and snow-filled paths may slow you down. But instead of giving up, choose to see it as something positive: during the winter, you can build a foundation of low-intensity distance training that will allow you to run fast for the rest of the year!
Answer: Buying quality equipment that lets you train all winter can be expensive. But you will be able to use them for many seasons to come if you buy good quality. Investing in your health and safety to avoid slipping or other accidents while running in the winter is worth it.
Answer: It can be daunting to figure out how to dress for winter running - it's easy to freeze or sweat. The solution to this is called the three-layer principle. It means you have an undershirt (preferably in wool or merino wool!) closest to the body, then a warming mid-layer, and at the end, a shell garment that stands up to wind and moisture.
Answer: We agree that reflective vests took a long time to develop and that looking like a lost asphalt paver while running might not be fun. But progress is being made, and today, brands offer jackets and tights that you don't even realize are reflective - until you shine a light on them.
Ready to become a winter runner?
Icebug has been making winter running shoes since 2001. We are the world leader in traction technologies and have the largest selection of studded running shoes. Whether you are a beginner, someone who runs on cycle paths, an experienced trail runner, or an orienteer who loves going off-trail, we have running shoes that make running a little easier.
Take the opportunity to make your winter run even better. At Icebug, you will also find Merino wool socks – perfect for winter running – Icetubes and supportive insoles.
We use our business to do good
At Icebug, we’re committed to making better shoes that help you get out every day – no matter the conditions. Also, we have decided to change our industry by taking responsibility for our footprint. Our goal is to make footwear with great durability, low CO2 emissions and respect for people and planet. Part of the money that you invest in us, we give back to the planet by donating to organizations that, for instance, work to preserve old-growth forests.