There’s SNO running like SNOW running!!!!!
If like me you love to snowboard (or ski) during the winter season, especially at the weekends it can be difficult to manage training at the weekend and boarding. So here’s a few tips on how to fit it in and be careful while running in or near the snow and icy conditions. also try and avoid a long run in the snow as the change in altitude and amount of air available can make running tough, if your not used to it. I have been really ill from trying to run a long run after snowboarding all day. There’s only so much energy you have ya know. So opt for a scenic shorter run if possible it will be more enjoyable and less tryin on your energy levels. So you can do both things you love! Aim to run during light hours. Be seen and be alert.
Slow and steady
Running in the snow has a similar impact on your body as running on the beach. Sand and snow absorb more energy from your foot when your foot goes down, so you have less energy to propel you forward. A shorter step means that this can be quite strenuous workout for a distance that you are normally very capable of. Plan a slow and steady pace, especially as you start off and pick up your speed later when you feel more adapted to the new textures.
Beware of ice
Always beware of your footing while out on your run. Beneath the snow, there could be a sheet of ice which could cause you to slip. If you want to protect yourself from slipping on unexpected layers of ice, make sure you have suitable footwear with sufficient traction.
Plan your route
You should always plan your route before you set off. There are various things that you need to keep in mind – the level of traffic, the thickness of the snow, the forecasted weather in the next few hours, an approximate timeframe, and distance. In snowy weather, it is sometimes better to stick to the busier roads as breaking trail in heavy snow can be very difficult to run on, as opposed to the packed snow you may find on busy roads.
Save your energy
Because it requires more energy to run in the snow, find other ways to conserve it. Recalculate your breathing and refrain from over-swinging your arms. A heart rate monitor can help you monitor your heart rate, caloric burn and can provide you with other useful fitness data while you run.
Consider your safety
Once you have planned your route, tell friends and family where you will be and how long you could be gone for. Try to stay away from remote places in case of an emergency, or carry your mobile phone so you can call for help. Also, you must be prepared to walk back should you suffer an injury so warm clothing is essential. And if in doubt don’t run, sometimes it can be dangerous.
Watch out for traffic
Snow and ice affects the movement of vehicles on the road. Due to the treacherous driving conditions, there is an increased rate of road accidents. If it’s safe to do so, always try to position yourself facing the traffic so you can see what’s happening ahead of you. If in doubt don’t run.
You need to be warm but not sweaty. Mid or base layers with high wicking properties will keep you dry, even when your body starts to perspire. Hat, gloves, thermal socks, running shoes, and a windproof and/or waterproof running jacket are important to wear and also running jackets come with zipped vents in case you get too warm.
Only run on the roads if they are clear
Because main roads are gritted for drivers, they are often much easier to run on. If the roads are clear, and you position yourself against the traffic, this can be a safe option during snowy weather.
As long as you take the necessary precautions, you can run safely in the snow and enjoy it. Have fun in the snow wear a HR monitor if you like it can be a great asset, but most of all just enjoy the gorgeous holiday feel when you manage to get out for a run inbetween hitting the slopes 🙂
Happy boarding and happy running 🙂