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14 Cold Weather Running Safety Tips

How to Keep Running Outside in the Winter


Updated May 16, 2014

11. Wear running sunglasses.

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The glare from snow can cause snow blindness, so wear sunglasses (polarized lenses are best) to avoid this problem.
More: Top Running Sunglasses

12. Be visible.

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It's best to avoid running in the dark but, if you have to run at night, wear reflective gear and light-colored clothing. Dress in bright colors if you're running in the snow.
More: Reflective Gear for Runners
Safety Tips for Running Outside

13. Take it easy when it's frigid.

Treadmill running
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You're at greater risk for a pulled muscle when running in the cold, so warm up slowly and run easy on very cold days. Save your tough workouts for milder days or run them indoors on a treadmill.

14. Remember sunscreen.

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Sunburn is still possible in the winter because the snow reflects the sun's rays. Protect your lips with lip balm, too, to keep them from getting burned and chapped.
Sun Protection Tips for Runners

Also see: Tips for Running on Snow and Ice
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