WHAT IS THE TECHNIQUE FOR RUNNING PROPERLY ON SNOW?
The change in grip between snow-covered surfaces may be disconcerting. A groomed section prepared especially for cross-country skiing is not too dissimilar to the conditions you would experience running in the countryside or even on a road. However, just a few metres further on, you may find yourself buried calf-deep in a patch of snow that has not been packed down.This means that there is a need for anticipation, and the best way of doing this is to carefully observe the path ahead. Rather than following the straight line route that you would take on a road, the quickest route may be the one where you can remain on firm ground.
You will also have to think about adjusting your stride. This is done by shortening your stride. By shortening your stride, your foot will spend less time on the ground. If you were to lose your footing, your other foot should already be grounded, thereby reducing the risk of falling. Your centre of gravity will also be more aligned with your body, which will ensure that your bodyweight is more balanced on icy sections.
By relaxing the upper body and running with your arms slightly spread out, you will gain even more balance. Remember that tightrope, or the more modern slackline walkers only use their arms to balance themselves in mid-air.