Is running in snow and ice worth the risk?

Missing a day of school because of too much snow used to feel so exciting. As an adult, missing a run because of too much snow can be downright frustrating. It’s tempting to just get out there anyway – it can’t be that bad, right? – but there are so many reasons why you should avoid running in snow. Most of them involve dodging painful injuries. 

 

Slippery surfaces 

 

When there’s ice, running surfaces become slippery. The depth and firmness of the snow can vary wildly, and it’s very difficult to read. The result? Hesitant foot placement, which leads to unstable ankles and knees. If you land on a patch of ice and slip, it could lead to sprains, an ACL tear or even a fracture. 

 

Cold injuries 

 

Forcing your body to work in extremely cold temperatures comes with a host of health risks. Frostbite can occur in a much shorter time than anticipated, which can lead to painful skin at best, and amputation at worst. Running in snow and the associated cold air can wreak havoc on asthma sufferers. There is even a generalised pattern of increased risk of heart attack and sudden death in winter. It’s suggested that the heart is put under strain when it tries to pump enough blood through arteries that are constricted from the cold. 

 

Unpredictable risks 

 

Snow changes the dynamics of your running environment. Branches may fall under the weight of snow. Cars can lose traction easily, and have reduced capacity to brake. Those hidden ice patches can cause serious damage if you fall and hit your head, or land awkwardly on your tailbone. Running in snow invites unpredictability and very high risks. 

 

Alternatives 

 

Avoid these risks by finding alternative training methods on snowy days. Head to the gym for some cross-training, or jump on the exercise bike at home. If you are desperate to get out into the cold, try a change of pace. Strap on some snowshoes or go walking instead. The weather will change soon enough and you’ll be back on the road in no time. 

About Enertor Advanced Technology Insoles –  Enertor insoles are designed to prevent a number of common running injuries and provide more comfort. Designed by leading podiatrists to reduce your risk of injury,  the unique design features support your foot throughout training.  Enertor insoles are enhanced by D3O impact protection technology, which means they can provide more shock absorption than any other insole.  Our expertise, combined with the patented D3O shock absorption technology, enables Enertor to deliver the most advanced injury prevention insoles on the market today.

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Whilst Enertor has over 18 years Orthotics experience, our blog content is provided for informational purposes only and it is not a substitute for your own doctor’s medical advice. Enertor advises anyone with an injury to seek their own medical advice – and do not make any health or medical related decisions based solely on information found on this site.

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