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Olympic Marathoner Ryan Hall Just Shared His Best Advice for Winter Running

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Ryan Hall has packed on muscle and built considerable strength since retiring from distance running in 2016, although he still holds a couple of records in the United States for the fastest marathon and half-marathon—and so you could do a lot worse than turn to him for running advice on how to avoid injury on a run.

After sharing his insights on how to best prepare for a marathon, Hall has now posted a short Instagram video containing some of his top tips on what to do when running in the cold winter months.

First and foremost is making sure you’re staying warm: Hall recommends paying particular attention to your hands and feet. “These are the areas of our body where we’re able to dump heat really well when we’re overheating, it’s also where we’re going to be able to receive heat really well,” he says. “So really focus on getting quality gloves, quality socks, stuff that’s going to keep these areas warm.”

It’s also worth planning a running time and route that will enable you to keep out of the shade, as running in direct sunlight can feel considerably less chilly: “Try and delay your workouts and runs until you’re in the sun, it’s crazy how warm it can feel when you’re in the sun.”

Hall adds that it’s also important to know when it’s too cold for an outdoor run and opt for the treadmill instead. “If it’s under 20 degrees, I like to head indoors,” he says. “You can still do your warmup outside, your cool-down outside… You’re going to get a better quality workout on the treadmill inside, is my own personal opinion.”


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