|Essential - Beanie & Buff|
But however winter shows up, as a runner I love it and the colder and wetter the better! As long as my head, neck, hands and arms are well covered it can throw at me what it likes; rain, wind, snow, ice, hail, floods, mud, more mud, glorious oozing mud!
|Frosty morning - REALLY cold!|
The ever changing elements give winter running its particular charm - and challenge. Those long glorious spells of summer are wonderful in their own right when we get them, but there's more variety and challenge over the same trails in winter because the days change so much. So I use the same few trails most of the time, unless I get in the car and drive further afield. Field paths, woodland tracks, canal banks all bring their own delights and more so in the winter when it's frosty and icy or windy and rainy. Brilliant and beautiful January frosty sunrise or gale lashed downpours are both a heaven to me.
|It's only knee-deep!|
And if you add night running to what winter brings, it creates a completely different atmosphere and especially when animal eyes are glowing at you in the dark, reflected from your head lamp! A night race such as the Petzl Nightrunner Delamere Forest Festive 10k I entered in 2014 was a real treat. I've never seen such a river of vibrant
|Result! - Mince Pie and Medal|
Yes, winter running has its charm and its challenge, and simply adds to the glory of the whole experience that only runners know.
(A blog post for Virtual Running UK)