Winter-proof Your Running Warm Up

You know what sucks the most about winter running?

Maybe your vote is for the snow, negative temps, black ice, or layers upon layers upon layers..

But I'm going to argue something entirely different that I think we can all get behind.

The absolute WORST part about winter running are the injuries.

See? I knew you'd agree too.

Oh, why are they the worse?

Because a lot of times, winter running injuries are straight-up unexpected. You're running along your favorite route, trying to stay aware of your surroundings, and the next thing you know, you fall or nearly slip and wipe out. Sometimes it feels like the elements are just out to get you.

But what are you going to do? Not run? That's just silly.

So if you're going to keep running through the winter, you've got to be prepared, right?

You can have the fanciest, warmest running coat and stud your trainers with screws…and those will all help! But you still need to prepare a couple levels deeper.

What am I talking about?

I'm talking about understanding two major points:

  • Understanding what are the most common winter injuries, how they happen, and when you finally need to get them checked out


  • A way to prevent them in the first place

If you understand these two main points, then you're infinitely more prepared compared to when your first started to read this blog.

How do I know that?

Because these are legit things I wish I knew even just 5 years ago. And this winter injury preventative warm up,…man. I wish I'd thought of this just 1 year ago, because's made a huge difference in my own running.

So you ready to dive in? Let's go!

Did you know these are the most common winter running injures?

I was slightly surprised but then not once I thought about it…

Most common winter running injuries include:

  • Ankle and foot injuries like plantar fasciitis, ankle sprains, and Achilles tendonitis

  • Groin strains

  • Knee strains

Now if you're thinking, "huh, half of that sounds pretty vague. How the heck do I even know if I have one of those?"

No worries, I got you.

Even 5 years ago, I wish I had an easy resource that told me:

  • exactly what all those are

  • what they feel like

  • and when I should actually go to the doctor.

So I put together a Winter Running 1st Aid Manual that answers all of that! Now you don't have to scour the internet asking Dr. Google what's wrong with you or questioning WebMD when it says for the 100th time you have cancer. You've got your cheat sheet to diagnosing potential winter running related injuries right here.