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Snow Storm Day- How to Run in the Snow? January 21, 2014

Filed under: apparel,Cross Training,Emergency,Safety — bigfootmarty @ 7:51 pm

I have always loved winter and after college when I started running for fun I had to figure out how to do so safely.

I loved hiking/walking in snow- even an adventure of hiking to store for food or supplies- more for the adventure rather than necessity (thankfully) I college we had lots of snow and winter and I was fond of taking a night time hike- after studying I would get home from the library and drop the bag and head out for and hour or so.

My friends would joke- call me a Yeti- especially when I returned with ice crystals in my eyebrows or mustache and in my hat or clothes.

After school I moved to a more temperate climate but we still got some snow on an annual basis. I would try to schedule runs to go out when the snow was falling (more than once I went back out because it started snowing as i finished)

http://run.runandbecome.com/winter-running/how-to-run-in-snow/ 

I have big feet- so that is helpful. I am also quite cold hardy so the need for warm clothing is minimized ( as long as I don’t run out in the country or in the woods where i might fall, get hurt and be stuck for a little while)

The most important thing I learned- drink/hydrate just as if it was July- I sweat in cool but I still lose a lot of fluid from respiration so I can quickly get dehydrated even when Frosty is walking around.

http://www.active.com/running/articles/winter-running-tips

I learned a few other things- make sure shoes have pretty fresh tread ( unless wearing traction device), oil or lotion on face protects from wind, tell someone where and when, fingers and ears are the most vulnerable.

*Some fun about snow running:

http://therunningbug.co.uk/training/plans-and-tips/b/weblog/archive/2013/12/19/5-reasons-why-snow-running-rules.aspx

SOme real fun if you live with lots of snow- Snowshoe

http://www.prreach.com/pr/1995/

 

 

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