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Running on snow

Winter is setting in across the regions and the mountains are covered with snow, even at relatively low altitudes.Don't feel like you have to spend all your free time in front of the fireplace because you can carry on running. Make the most of these conditions to escape in some magical countryside locations.


Your equipment for running on snow

In order to run on snow, you need to make a few adjustments, the first of which is to have the right clothing for very cold conditions, particularly if you are exposed to northerly winds.

Your shoes must have heavily lugged soles because of the many risks of slipping.Even if the covering partly cushions falls, you need to be careful in this area.You can also use fittings (like springs) that can be fastened beneath the shoes and which considerably increase the grip.They are equivalent to the chains that are sometimes fitted to the wheels of vehicles for driving on fresh snow.


What is the technique for running properly on snow?

The change in grip between snow-covered surfaces may be confusing.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 you need to anticipate 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 must also 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. This will reduce the risk of you losing your footing, by which time the following foot will 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 can be even more balanced.Remember that a tightrope or, more recently, slackline walkers will use their arms to balance themselves when walking on a wire.


Exercise the abs!

Exercising your core strength and general physical preparation is excellent for running on snow.Indeed, the abs are significantly tested when losing your footing.In any case, this exercise is good for running during the rest of the season.


Pay careful attention to your nutrition

As a result of the cold that your body is fighting, you will be expending more energy.This means that you will need to eat more to compensate for the calories burnt.What's more, take care to take on enough fluids when out running because, despite the fact that you may not feel thirsty, you are actually using up fluids.


Take the risk of running on snow!

Finally, there are an increasing number of races organised in ski resorts, including some at relatively low altitudes.This could be the opportunity to treat yourself to taking part in an official race and trying out all the advice given in this article.These races are often relatively short and do not require excessive amounts of training, particularly if, for many of us, it is more about enjoying oneself and surpassing oneself than pure performance.


Do not use the cold and snow as an excuse for staying indoors.On the contrary, take advantage of it to experience some moments of magic.Once spring has arrived, you will be proud of having preserved your physical condition and eliminated some of the excesses of the festive period.