Granted, I realize this post would have been more helpful last week, but I digress. I am pretty sure it will snow again. Sadly.
As much as I hate the treadmill, I figured I’d be on it this past weekend. However, 30 inches of snow closed my gym both days. So, my choices were run in the snow or not run.
Hi, have you met me? I decided to take my chances both days. I would not recommend running during a storm, as I tried Saturday. However, after the storm, I ran Sunday through some semi-plowed streets, and it wasn’t too bad at all. I managed to slowly hit 1o miles, which was good enough for me.
Tools for Running in Snow
I bought a pair of Yak Trax when I first started running back in 2010, and I cannot rave about them enough. They provide support and stability and I’ve never fallen in them, which is saying something as I trip over my own two feet regularly. Yak Trax are removable spikes and coils that you strap on your shoes that are designed to allow you to run on snow and ice. They aren’t perfect — I definitely have to slow down and watch my footing, but they are way better than a regular old shoe. You can order them from their site, and Fleet Feet in Mechanicsburg carries them for sale as well.
It’s so important to keep your core warm. I have a tank top from Under Armour from maybe 2011 (so, yes, pretty old), that is the best to throw on first before a real layer (similar here). I’ve learned that throwing on just a small extra layer like that helps so much. I am usually sweating when I am done, despite sub-freezing temperatures.
In keeping with tradition, my warm hat is from American Eagle in 2005 (I have photos of me wearing it in college), but it is the warmest, fuzziest, dumbest-looking hat. I don’t care, it keeps my head and ears warm, and that’s so pivotal. It’s okay to look like Uncle Eddie. Just leave the cigar for post-run.
There is a huge difference between regular running tights and thicker ones. I’ve learned that lesson the hard way. Make sure your running tights have some extra warmth in them and aren’t pencil thin.
Going hand-in-hand with the thicker tights, splurge and buy yourself a good jacket. When the snow is pelting you, it’s helpful to have that protective barrier. Pockets are always a bonus too.
Most likely, you’re not running anywhere close to your normal pace. Running through snow is a much harder workout, I felt like I had run a marathon by the time I got home Sunday. My legs were shot. I don’t pay any attention to how long it has taken me to go X amount of miles. I just run and enjoy being outside.
Finally, remember to be safe.
You could be wearing the brightest color, and a car still may not expect you. Cars don’t have the best control in these conditions either. I always side on getting out of their way. I’d rather take a 15-second break. I don’t really feel like ending up in the hospital.