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Orange Runners Club Welcomes Winter Season Running!
This time of year with its multitudes of colored lights everywhere and the brisk temperatures presents the prepared runner with the opportunity for some great outdoor running. But to avoid injury and keep toned up at the same time may require some adjustments in our warmer weather routine. Following are some ideas or suggestions that may help.
With the cooler weather brings the additional weight of the clothing you will need to stay warm. I have seen it said you should dress as if it is about 20 degrees warmer when heading out so don't be surprised if you feel a bit cool when getting started but you will warm up as you add miles. Dressing in layers with some zippered outer coverings to open will help if you are too warm. And don't forget the gloves and head covering.
While talking about clothing it is a good time to bring up the additional challenges. For one thing this is the end of the year with its many holidays and celebrations so people may be in a HURRY!! So take that into account while on the road and give them the extra room and consideration they may need being distracted or just singing a holiday tune in a daydream and hustling to get home or to a store.
Also consider the reduced daylight hours. Dressing for VISABILITY with reflective gear, bright colors, and having a headlamp or flashlight will help drivers see you in advance. Don't count on this though, as there are also many holiday lights that may distract them. RUN SMART, facing the oncoming traffic when possible, and be mindful of the of piled up snow banks and blind turns.
With all that extra clothing and lighting on is it not likely you are going to set a personal best out there so consider this a more a workout with additional weights, and hopefully in the spring when you shed that weight you will be lighter on your feet! Speaking of feet, also remember you may find reduced traction because the surface may be snow covered or icy! While it is fun to slide, it is not to fall!! There are many strategies for keeping your feet under, you and again you may find slowing down is one of them! I saw an interesting post where a runner has secured hex-head screws into the soles of his running shoes. Guess you would have to watch that on wood floors!
If you are ready to get outside for some beautiful, drifting, and snow flaked winter runs please consider signing up for the Herby Waterman ORC Winter Series in January and February of 2014, it is a 5K that will keep your competitive edge tuned up during the off season.
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