Even in the case of snow, you can continue to run outdoors. But you must keep your attention high, choose the right shoes, lower the bar of your performance and indulge in the pleasure of the whitewashed landscape. Between precautions and advice, here are our tips for running safely on the snow Come the so-called days of the blackbird, traditionally considered the coldest of the year.
Of course, there is no scientific evidence that the last three days of January – 29, 30 and 31 – are the harshest of winter. But according to the forecasts, it seems that this year is coming to Italy a blizzard of cold air and snow even at low altitudes.
If so, even in case of snow, you can continue to run outdoors. But with the right precautions: no matter how candid and immaculate the snow hides pitfalls and can become a danger for runners. So here are our tips to face and run safely even in a not ordinary condition for many runners and however different and exceptional for everyone.
Precautions and tips for running safely on the snow
- Choose suitable running shoes – The shoe’s choice to wear depends on the snow conditions. If the snow is fresh and a bit soft, a normal trail running shoe is sufficient. If the snow is icy, muddy or slippery, it is best to wear a spiked running shoe.
- Before leaving, evaluate the snow conditions – Snow has its dictionary. It can be fresh, compact, frozen, dusted, muddy or dry.
Before running, it is essential to evaluate the type of snow and choose whether it is better to run on asphalt or dirt road, which shoe to wear, what kind of training to do, and which gait to keep.
- Reduce gait and “give up” performance – Running in the snow can be risky if the proper attention is not paid to every step. And it can be even more tiring than running on clean roads or trails. To avoid slipping and running into injuries and fractures, it is best to forget your rhythm as always, slow down the pace and enjoy the whitewashed landscape.
- Maximum attention to foot support – Reducing pace and gait does not mean leaving your legs and mind free to run unchecked.
To not leave room for error, it is necessary to pay maximum attention to your feet, in particular to the control of the support when landing on the ground.
The advice is to keep your feet as low as possible, shorten the stride, and accelerate the cadence, reduce the aerial phase’s amplitude to avoid making slips and strange stunts on the snow.
- Add a few more minutes to the usual warm-up – Starting cold is always a mistake, especially when temperatures are very low and the body is even stiffer. Just a few exercises, well done, of total body heating to avoid injuries and start great. With extra attention to the ankles that will support every step in the snow.
- Favoring the known paths: It is better not to embark on discovering new ways, unpublished and completely covered with snow. The advice is to walk the most popular roads, and paths and, at least until the conditions of the coat improve, avoid improvising!