Trail running is an exciting variation of running. You don’t only get to run freely and live a healthier life, but you get to take pleasure in running with breathtaking sceneries.
However, trail running is a bit more challenging than running on pavements as you will have to navigate, tackle, and go through natural terrains.
If you’re already a trail runner, you know of the challenges of trail running. And if you believe that trail running is difficult, just imagine trail running on icy or snowy grounds.
Trail running on snow or ice can be risky, but doubly challenging and extremely rewarding once you’ve mastered it. Runners practicing trail running during winter are proof and inspiration that you can run and stay fit in any weather.
Winter trail runs can be more enjoyable for some runners since they get to see rare, gorgeous, snowy landscapes that they can’t view on other seasons. Since winter trail running is not something every runner engages in, you can enjoy quieter runs, and you can benefit from the serenity and beauty of having to run in tranquility.
Adequate preparation is imperative for you to have a safe and pleasurable run in the snow. First and foremost, you need to have proper gear and attire so you can outlast the cold. Wear layers of clothes to give your body enough warmth. Choose pants to totally cover up your legs. Wear socks made of wool to keep your feet from getting cold. Don’t forget to bring a windbreaker. Protect your head and your hands from the cold by wearing a hat and winter gloves.
Be more careful in choosing the shoes to wear for trail running in the snow. Choose shoes with excellent, dependable traction so you won’t slip. Alternatively, you may want to go for ice cleats to attach to your shoes instead.
Just like when you run during other seasons, pack some drinks to rehydrate yourself. You may want to bring some light snacks so you have something to eat, too.
Being prepared in terms of gear and attire isn’t enough. You also need to be physically and mentally prepared for what to expect on your trail run.
Running on snow can be dangerous if done hastily. Since snow can be soft, you might want to be a little more careful in your strides so your feet won’t sink in the snow. Icy grounds can be hard, and yes, slippery, so there are instances that you need to slow down in order to avoid slipping and falling. Keep your strides short and light.
Don’t expect to have the same pace and speed as you do when you run on dry seasons. Even if you are an experienced runner, you must understand that snowy trails are more dangerous than dry ones.
Enjoy your run and take your time. Focus more on keeping upright the entire trail run rather than running on faster speeds when you’re trail running during the winter. At the end of the day, safety will always be better than speed.