How To Run In Snow

Posted on January 10, 2011


Rachel and I awoke to find snow in Dallas, TX on Sunday.  Besides jumping up and down like children when we first saw it, we realized quickly that it meant our running plans for the day were likely going to come to a screeching halt.  The first thing we usually do on a day like this is find some movies to watch, turn on the fireplace and drink some hot cocoa.  But, one important thing remained evident; the Cowtown Half Marathon is less than two months away.  It may seem like a long time, but, in actuality the time is very minimal when you consider how many miles we need to cover before our big run.   We are already behind schedule since we both got sick a couple of weeks ago.  Thus, we are gradually working our way back to full strength, which means it is imperative that we not skip a day of training. 

I am not going to lie and say we are such hardcore runners that we immediately strapped on our running gear and went to work.  In fact, well, it was more like us deciding we would forego our workout and order a pizza from dominos.  (Have you tried their new pizza by the way?  We are addicted.)  I know that is far from healthy.  Let’s be honest, it’s downright bad.  So there we were curled on the couch with the fireplace going, the snow falling outside and our bellies full of pizza.  After about an hour of moaning and groaning from too much pizza we both looked at each other and agreed that we felt horrible.  Yes we were enjoying NFL playoff football on TV and snuggling on the couch, but overall we felt unhealthy.  We both wanted to run outside so badly, but we were well aware of the risks. 

In order to get ourselves in the mood to run we decided to go outside and play in the snow.  We always turn into 8 year olds when it snows in Dallas, because we don’t often get snow.  We enjoyed our time outside and we did work out a little bit.  But, when we got back home we immediately shed our snow gear and put on our running clothes.  Nothing was going to stop us from running outside.  We were determined to run and run hard.

Did you actually think we would run in the snow?  We did run in the snow for like three minutes before reaching the gym to run on the treadmills.  We knew we were just being lazy by not forcing ourselves to go the gym in the first place.  Sometimes you need a little extra push to stay healthy.  The weather is often a great excuse to refrain from training, but you need to find some way to stay active.  Even if you have to cross-train by doing a workout video to stay in running shape, at least you are doing something.  Like I have said before, you need to limit the excuses and push yourself to work hard to attain your goals. 

In the end, Rachel and I were happy that the snow did not deter us from accomplishing our running objectives.  After are workout we both agreed that we felt much better.  As I have said before, I have never regretted a workout.  We were still able to sit back, drink hot cocoa, watch movies and snuggle by the fire the rest of the night.  Plus, we didn’t have to feel guilty about it.

What are some things you do to stay in shape when the weather doesn’t cooperate?