Running is a fascinating activity, highly pleasurable for those who practice it regularly, however, in winter weather conditions complicate things and even more if there is snow, since running in the snow represents a real challenge.
Running on snow is much harder than running on any other surface, as we need more strength to make the stride and if the snow is soft we will drag with each step a little of it and the pace will slow down as our effort increases.
Hard snow may be a better surface for running, however, if ice slabs have formed we must be especially careful with slips and falls that can cause trauma and injuries.
On the other hand, running in snow involves running in cold temperatures, which makes it difficult to breathe and makes this activity a challenge.
However, if we do not want to lose our training and in the middle of winter there is no other option, we can apply some strategies to make running in the snow a challenge, easy to overcome:
Running in Snow and Ice
Tips 1: Choosing the right clothing
Choose clothing with materials that allow us to maintain body temperature and prevent us from getting completely wet. It is important to use scarves or masks so that the cold air does not hinder breathing so much.
Tips 2: Use gaiters
Use gaiters that cover the shoe and do not allow it to get completely wet inside and reach our feet.
Tips 3: Using snowshoes
To favor the adherence of the shoe to the snow by using snowshoes, “running chains”, complementary soles with spikes or mini-crampons that allow us to acquire security when walking or running on this different surface.
Tips 4: Running in sunny hours
Run in sunny hours, when the temperature has already done its thing on the surface and the snow is softer, as well as the airless cold.
Tips 5: Warm-up sufficiently before going out to run
Warm-up very well because in cold weather and training with muscles with low elasticity, we can easily suffer injuries.
Tips 6: Reduce your training intensity
Reduce the intensity of training, because in the snow the effort is greater, the different conditions also demand more to the body, and our muscles must perform more force, then, we can not demand to run at the same pace as always, but we must avoid overloading and reduce the intensity at which we train.
As long as we take the precaution of preparing ourselves well and adapting to the environment, we can successfully overcome this real challenge of running in the snow.