Run in the snow . . . because you're worth it
Always be alert to potential hazards and slipping in mud, slush, ice, etc. Layers of snow can hide icy patches so take special care if you’re running in areas where the snow has been lying for days. Go even more slowly than usual if it has been snowing. That way you can run for longer as once you are out and running, you may as well nail as many kilometres as you can so that you don’t have to go again tomorrow.
A must-have footwear gadget for running in thick snow and ice: ice cleats. Available from backless.co.uk, they offer a good grip on treacherous ice and are essential kit if you are serious about running after heavy snowfall. They are cheap(ish) and easy to order online. Invest in a pair and never again use the “weather excuse”. They deliver throughout Ireland.
Always remember the following when you would rather do anything but face the outdoors and go for a run:
The more brutal the physical conditions accompanying your run, the bigger the pay-off at the end and the more calories you will burn.
Try running in deep snow on grassy areas and see just how tiring it is; not dissimilar to running on sand (we wish). Your feet are being continually challenged on bumps and dips, engaging a greater range of muscles and requiring that you utilise stabilising muscles in your abs and back. Inner and outer leg muscles will also need to work harder. Calves and ankles are really put through their paces. I felt pain (in a good way) after my recent run in the snow in muscles I didn’t even know I had.
Running after heavy snowfall is incredibly beautiful and inspiring. Suck it up.
If you can’t run, walk. Walking uphill through snow or going off track into deep snow is brilliant exercise. No doubt about it, those legs are having to work even harder to haul your swollen January body out of the snow with each step, so snow-walking definitely gives you more bang for your buck. Don’t overdo the walking part and jog as soon as the terrain allows.
The Grit Doctor says:
If you can a run in these Siberian conditions, I reckon you can do pretty much anything. So what are you waiting for?
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Ruth Field is author of Run, Fat Bitch, Run