Running in the Snow
|My trails, what a beautiful run!|
As of yesterday morning we are officially in full winter mode. My plans called for 12-14 miles but when I woke up to nearly a foot of snow and more continuing to fall I rethought my options. I attempted the treadmill in hopes of breaking my run in half, I made it through 1 hour on the treadmill (barely) when Matt told me it was slippery outside. I tried to continue but got fed up and headed outside to take my chances. I sunk in to ankle deep snow but decided it was much better than the walls inside.
14 miles total with the last 6.5 miles slow but very peaceful out is the falling snow. The best part was being told by a man shoveling "Wow, you are dedicated!"
Running in fresh snow will be easier and safer than packed snow but still be looking for packs, holes or ruts that may be hidden. Snow running will work stabilizer muscles and is a great workout but tougher so don't be worried if you have to cut back a couple miles. Snow can give resistance and speeding through deep snow is a great workout.
Running in the Snow
- Keep your feet dry with good socks (I love a combination of Pro Compression socks and Smart Wool)
- Put Duct Tape over shoe mesh to keep water and snow out
- Watch your footing and the ground conditions for hidden ice and puddles, nothing worse than breaking through and ending up standing in frozen slush!
- Start slow and know that your pace will be slower as you navigate the ground, don't be afraid to walk over bad areas
- Start with lower distance and give your body time to get used to the uneven ground, this places extra work on ankles, knees and hips and too much can cause problems
- If you need to run on the road know it will be narrower from the snow piles: watch corners so yo aren't hidden to cars and stay on the side against traffic
- Shorten your stride and keep feet low to the ground to prevent slipping
- Grab friends and make it fun
- If it is windy or blowing snow wear a face mask and/or glasses