I wore my Brooks Cascadia trail shoes that I think will get a lot of wear this winter, along with some Lululemon Wunderpants in a tweed style pattern. I think they’ve actually sold out in the UK, but I really recommend them in any of the other patterns. They’re so warm and comfy, I’ve even worn them with black boots to work!
As it was icy underfoot, I wondered whether it was slightly dangerous to keep running outside. Icy roads and pavements are the one type of condition that I would usually completely avoid as it’s so hard to see the ice and can be lethal! I don’t want to end up on my bum or worse. I ran slowly on the pavement and road, although I felt far steadier on the grass and trail. I could definitely feel that I haven’t run for a few weeks and my pace would have suffered with or without the ice.
I would typically say that it’s best not to run outside when it’s icy, and I started to think about when else I might suggest to myself or others that running outside, or at all is a bad idea. Some of these might have been reasons I gave myself as to why I didn’t run in India recently.
- When you’re injured, recovering or can feel a twinge that shouldn’t be ignored.
- When your body needs a rest, if you’ve completed a number of hard workouts and you need to recover rather than pushing your body
- When the streets outside look like this:
- and the gym treadmill looks like this:
|Seriously the oldest treadmill I’ve ever seen at one of our hotels|
- When you’re ill- apparently if you have ‘below the neck symptoms’ then give it a miss, whereas if it’s just in your head then get out there and pound out a few miles.
- When you might miss your pedicure (other important engagement) if you go for a run
- ‘There’s no such thing as bad weather, just the wrong clothes’ – mostly true, although the severe weather and flood warnings in the UK would suggest otherwise. If the weather is grotty, go for a run. If the weather is dangerous, run inside or give it a miss.
- Pain- if it hurts a lot somewhere that it’s not meant to hurt then take it seriously. You’re lungs burning, legs aching and heart pounding is normal, pain in your joints or severe muscle pains not.
- If you feel faint or dehydrated
- Blisters- if they’re big angry blisters then clean them, look after them, and let them heal. If they’re small and not painful then cover them with a plaster, put a clean pair of socks on and run carefully.