We got a freak snow storm here in Oregon and it has turned into a blessing! Well, for us outdoors enthusiasts I should say.
I have been slowly buying winter running gear for Michigan and I got to test it out!
-a waterproof, wind proof, winter running jacket. This was the best and biggest splurge $250 Nike Element Shield Max
-a North Face beanie
- Thermal running leggings
- Smart Wool compression socks
- Athletic Sunglasses (these are bad ones)
- long sleeved under shirts (I wore 2 which 1 would be best)
- old Nike Lunarlon
I was first nervous to even start running. I thought I might just slip and land on my face, I wouldn't get traction, it would be ton hard...
I walked up one hill and it went well! So I jogged slowly on a flat section to the next hill and it was easier than I thought. I think being a forefoot runner helped. I aimed my toes like a spear into the snow so I could push off. This was no shallow snow! It was about 4-6 inches deep all powder.
I wasn't cold at all even though I couldn't see my feet they weren't cold or wet.
I actually ran faster downhill than I normally due since the snow was really cushioning my feet.
Running uphill wasn't bad either, the snow compacts under you helping you get out and I follewed paths trucks had made driving which helped too.
Only the return home did I encounter any "issues". Thus was about a 3 mile hill run which takes me about 45 min and I noticed on the way back my thighs where getting numb and my toes kept kicking my heels making me wobble. Even though I wasn't cold I think my feet where getting numb, my ankle would roll more than normal.
I have to say those Smart Wool socks are amazing!! My legs and feet where dry! And those old Nike shoes are pretty water proof. I've seen other snow runners put spikes in there shoes but this snow was so soft I had no need.
I guess if I had any pointers it's invest in wool socks, a great jacket and thermal leggings. I need better ones for sure!
But I have to say, running in snow is so peaceful there is a silence that I've never experienced.
And compared to running in sand I like snow way better!!! I feel like sand just pushes me back where snow us much easier to propeller yourself.
And I'd rather live in a snowy place than rain!!! The snow just rolls off you where rain just makes you chafe!
I'm in heaven right now, bring it in Michigan!