With the most of the UK seeing a drop in temperature, and some parts seeing snow, now might be a great time to get off the pavements.
Here in Norfolk the temperatures have been hovering around freezing, and although we have managed to dodge the snow, the pavements and roads have been lethal to run on. The trails can offer a safer option for getting the miles in, but aren’t without risk. Below we’ve listed a couple of things to consider when running off road in low temps –
Shoes – most of the time here in Norfolk you can get away with wearing road shoes on the trails. When the temperature drops though, you want to be wearing a pair of trail shoes with good grip on, and maybe even consider something like Yaktraxs.
Ice – Although the trails will be at a lower risk of being icey than pavements, there is still a risk, especially on hard packed trails and paths. Grass covered trails offer a lower risk of slipping.
Ridges – The frozen ground creates harder ridges in the ground, and increases the risk of going over on or turning an ankle. Making trail shoes that are naturally more supportive around the ankle more essential.
Hidden trail debris – In snow especially, there is a risk of trail debris, such as fallen branches becoming hidden from view and increasing the risk of tripping. When running in snow think a bit more about foot placement, and picking your feet up more than usual.
It’s bloody freezing out there, but if you dress appropriately and take a bit more care than usual, the trails can reward you with some stunning scenery during winter.