Running in the snow?

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10/01/2010 at 12:40

We have had snow and ice on the ground here for a whole month,no days with no ice on paths.

Can't run on roads as the snow ploughs have chucked snow onto verges and its like running in the middle of the road as no kerbs.

The ice underneath is hazardous and working in an emergency department that had had record admissions with trauma patients I am not risking 6wks in plaster and a DVT for a run .I am demented by not running so I have gone spinning for an hour to vent of my pent up fustration,

10/01/2010 at 13:00

Am too demented by not running! Just started Marathon training about 10 days ago and the whole thing has gone belly up. I live in Brighton and the pavements are just soo icy. Can't decide whether to brave it or not. Husband says better not to risk injury and wait for the thaw (but, hey he's not a runner and doesn't really understand.....). Apparently another 20cm expected tonight also!! Anyone else from Brighton out there?

10/01/2010 at 13:14

Camilla, hey, im not from Brighton but a friend is who is training for a marathon also. Where she lives she says its pretty much suicide to run without spikes; although she does like to exaggerate things sometimes (fingers crossed she doesnt go on this forum!). I would say it's better to just wait rather than to risk a sprained ankle or something.

If your getting another 20cm though maybe you should try tomorrow with the fresh snow covering the ice. Just try a short run round the estate or something to test your footing before going for a proper run.

10/01/2010 at 13:20

Well, I am now officially bored of the snow.

Been lucky so far with the snow compacted down, forming a hard, solid, grippy surface where I live.  However, I notice that "the thaw" has started (its gone above freezing for the 1st time).  Which sounds good, but of course this is the end of the solid snow and the begining of the ice as the melted snow refreezes overnight.

Still, there is hope, I am being sent away with work next week.  Anyone in Exeter and know what the conditions are like there?

10/01/2010 at 13:24

Reckon you could be right. Had thought that probably running in fresh snow probably better even if it's just a short one. It's just so frustrating as am panicking about my fitness as also have a half (Sussex Beacon) on Feb 21st. Getting the long runs in just seems impossible at the moment....

Managed to get to Boxercise yesterday - just had to do SOMETHING!!!!

10/01/2010 at 13:55
Just did a 12 miler and it took me 25 minutes longer then usual and i was slipping and sliding all over which didnt make it much fun at all, in the same boat as many others training for a marathon and training is going bellyup.
10/01/2010 at 15:08

bought myself a pair of trail shoes yesterday, and went out for an easy 10-miler down the canal here along to a local country park

absolutely LOVED it! - can't believe i waited this long to get myself out there in the snow - i wasn't going to chance it until i had something better to wear than my road shoes and these trail shoes are fantastic

bring on more snow so i can go out in it again

10/01/2010 at 15:34
been out for 12.5 today wanted to do 15 but really couldn't face the last couple of miles! It's started to thaw here and the nice compacted snow that I had before has gone in many places instead is loose, deep slush! Was like running through soft sand legs all over the place!
10/01/2010 at 16:01
touie - did you use your Magic Spikers?
10/01/2010 at 17:48
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10/01/2010 at 18:27
Double post...from ages ago, sorry
Edited: 10/01/2010 at 18:30
10/01/2010 at 18:38
hurray i did 20 miles this morning in 2:45, on deserted gritted icefree road! first proper run i've managed for ages , mind you we have three severe weather warnings for heavy snow this week so unless the thaw wins i dont know when the next one will be!
10/01/2010 at 18:46
Devoted2Distance wrote (see)
touie - did you use your Magic Spikers?


yes they're only good on ice and compact snow. Not the deep powdery slushy stuff that moves when you tread on it. was

Was doing really well with them until it started to thaw!

Edited: 10/01/2010 at 18:48
10/01/2010 at 19:11
FANTASTIC 12 mile run in the snow today...loved it!!!  Hope all this snow and ice goes however before next sunday's Dartford 10 miler.
10/01/2010 at 19:26
All these double figure runs, I only did 3 miles, was -10 though and bits were starting to fall off!
10/01/2010 at 20:13
i think 3 miles in -10 is quite long enough, it hurts to breathe when its that cold! what did you wear? i only ask cos i find it quite hard to judge when its cold, as i always seem to get too hot, but feel i ought to have something sensible on just in case i hurt myself and cant run home!
10/01/2010 at 21:04
Windproof top and trousers, long sleeve t-shirt, thin gloves and some hillwalking socks. I usually get too hot aswell, but not today!
10/01/2010 at 21:08

I've been out running 5 times in the snow/ice now and thought nothing of it really. Did an 11 miler, 1 x 6miles and 3 x 5 miles over the last week or so but yesterday while running and quite a bit of sliding felt a niggle on my ankle (achilles I think) so thought better of it today and have been RICEing it!!  Gutted I missed todays 10 miler but rest is better I think and by Tuesday (my next scheduled run day) I hope to be fine!! Then a steady taper anyway for the 4 village half next Sunday!!

So just a warning people, please take it easy!!

10/01/2010 at 21:57

I can't beleive what people wear and claim to be hot!

Today, being a long slow run, I had trail shoes, walking socks, tracksters, 4 top layers (one short sleeve, 3 long sleeve), 2 pairs of gloves and wooly hat.

I was pleasantly warm, but no more.

Edited: 10/01/2010 at 21:57
11/01/2010 at 02:35

oh,I am afraid It will be too cold.I 'd rather stay at home,

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