Message Category: Running Tips/ Training Topic: running in the snow
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Definitely a harder workout knighterrant 2/19/11 2:08:25 PM ET
I live in Michigan and run regularly through the year, no matter the weather. That includes snow.
Running in falling snow is a great experience. As soon as the snow is on the ground and begins to build, you have two problems. (1) If there is any accumulation, light or heavy, you have to lift your feet higher or push through the snow. Either one makes you work harder. (2) Most of you already mentioned the slippery part. That brings into play muscles to compensate for uneven ground and to help you keep your balance. With that, you'll find yourselves hurting in places that haven't hurt before.
This is just part of what it means to be a dedicated runner who would rather be outside no matter the weather than stuck to a treadmill for several months.