5 tips for running in the winter, with kids!
posted by: Guest Blogger
We’ve had some big snows this winter, which for parents with young children can be a nightmare when training for a running event. However, you can run outside during the wintertime, in the ice and snow, even with a stroller! Here are some tips to make winter running with kids more successful:
Winterize your stroller:
You can change out your regular stroller tires for mountain bike tires- big, knobby ones that will grip the snow and ice. Also invest in a good water proof stroller cover/weather shield so your kids stay dry and warm.
Make sure that you and your kids are properly dressed for your winter adventure. Start with a thin base layer (good old fashioned long underwear work great!) and then add additional layers depending on the temperature and wind chill outside. Gloves and a hat are a must for everyone and sunglasses to protect your eyes from the snow glare. Also consider investing in trail running shoes with good tread or a device with metal spikes and coils that you place over the soles of your shoes like Yaktrax.
Make it fun!
Map out a route that includes running by a coffee shop, stop inside and grab hot chocolates for the kids.
Embrace the snow:
Building a snowman and sledding are snow-day rituals here in Colorado. When your kids are outside playing in the snow that doesn’t mean you can’t too. Running in deep snow is an amazing workout. While the kids are playing, do sprint intervals through the snow. Shoot for 30 seconds on, 1 minute recovery. Attach a long rope to your sled and pull your kids around the yard, try sprinting, running backwards and side-sliding. After sledding down the hill, give them a “ride” back up.
Here is a link to a full Sled workout video you can try:
Lauren is the mom of 2 amazing boys, has her degree in exercise science, is a competitive obstacle course racer and seasoned stroller runner. She is founder of the website Running with Kids with resources, workouts and inspiration for active parents. If you need an extra “push,” check out the Running with Kids Rollin’ to 5K 8 week training plan. It includes an 8 week run plan, 8 week strength training plan, video demonstrations, warm-up routines and more resources! Learn more at: runningwithkids.com/training-plans/