My first year running, I waffled back and forth on running the Baltimore Celtic Solstice 5 Miler in December. I finally decided to do it (dammit you got nothin' to lose) but registration closed an hour earlier. Arghhhh!
The race day dawn on a record December snowstorm. Blizzard warnings were posted. Surely they were not running. The radio said otherwise. Yep, those damned fools were not cancelling the race. I asked my wife if I could go (Pleaespleaseplease?) "Don't be a damned fool. There's a blizzard blowing out there." Yeah but everybody else is running. (10 year old mode.)
Over 3000 registered. Over 300 actually ran. In 24 inches of snow.
I figured, this must be one hell of a race.
It's a must-run now.
Start by doing what is necessary, then do what is possible and suddenly you will be doing the impossible -- St Francis of Assisi
I braved the snow this morning and it was awesome! I'm glad I held off yesterday, because visibility was still poor, but this morning it was clear, the temperature was higher, the roads had been plowed, and it was so pleasant. I have a pair of Petzl Spiky Plus spikes that I used and worked great. I was impressed with how easy they are to wear in spots where the snow had been cleared.
I made a pair of screw shoes last winter for traction, then got a spray can of truck bed liner from Lowe's and sprayed the mesh part of the shoes with that to make them semi-waterproof. Worked great for running in the snow - I cut my mileage back according to how deep the snow is, because it's lots more work than regular running.The screw shoes work for packed snow that is becoming icy, but we did have one ice storm where it was too slick and dangerous to run. www.skyrunner.com/screwshoe.htm
Voluntary Discomfort is the secret cornerstone of strength. We build our whole lives around increasing comfort and avoiding discomfort, and yet by doing so we are drinking a can of Weakness Tonic with every morning’s breakfast. ~Mr. Money Mustache 5K PR: 23:40 10K PR: 48:57 HM PR: 1:59:37 30K: 2:57:44
I've found its something you have to get used to. I have spikes on my shoes - I have them tied on so they don't fall off when I'm running. Dress in layers - you will warm up as you run, but you also need to keep warm enough during warm up/cool down.
I've run through fairly deep snow, but it is a little dangerous. You can't see the ice underneath. You cant see tripping hazzards. Take it slower to start with. And listen to your body. If it's telling you it's too cold, stop and go warm up.
Eventually you'll learn what you need to wear on what days, and when it's okay to go running, and when to just avoid it all together.
Katrina Saskatchewan Time Zone
You can not change yesterday - it's done. You can only dream of tomorrow. The only day you can change is today. What are you going to do today to reach your goals of tomorrow?
It's supposed to be hard. If it wasn't hard, everyone would do it. The hard is what makes it GREAT
We had a major winter storm move in yesterday that's expected to dump 21 inches altogether. I had every intention of running this morning, but I woke to find 8 inches of fresh, undisturbed snow on the ground this morning. I made a decision not to run because of safety, but I don't really know if there was a safety issue. I'm a new runner and haven't run in snow before. Do any of the more experience runners in the group have experience with deep snow running? Is there a snow depth or condition that people caution against running in?
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