jchocchip thanks for info on parkrun, there's one not to far from me so I look forward to trying that once I'm actually doing 5k. I've not managed to run for a week now, a virus set my asthma off so wasn't up to it. Now I'm feeling better the pavements are too icy to run on safely. Feels like I'll never get there! Roll on spring!
Well done cinnamon. Were you slower than normal? I quite liked the stillness and atmosphere running in snow tonight. I think it was about -4C when we went out but we soon warmed up. Our faces were pretty cold. I run on paths and cycle paths in a leafy green suburb so the paths were compacted snow - not too bad at all. My son kept slowing down to scoop up snow to make snowballs - I suppose you are only young once.
My dh runs with dt1 (7), dt1 is loving it. He's in cross country club after school and his times are improving now and he's been invited to attend time trials on Monday. At the weekend we went to Lilywhites and gave him some money to put towards the pocket money he saved up and he bought himself some proper little running shoes. He's madly into it all now!
I like the peace and escapism. DT2 has made noises about coming with me, but not happening! He's not really into running anyhow - he quit x country because he hated it. I will take him cycling once the weather warms up - he can do a good 10 mile circuit no problems.
I've been wondering about running in snow - so it IS doable then! We're expecting tons of the stuff from tomorrow. I should be starting week 3 on sat, but I think I will stick to week 2 and go carefully if it is bad.
So now I'm wondering - do we burn more calories running in the snow? My Forerunner GPS watch is saying 250 cals for my rather slow run last night with DS, but it was well below zero - is the body burning more to keep warm? And there is also the extra resistance of running in the snow (especially where it is deeper). My legs actually ache a little bit this morning - I think that is the snow as they very rarely ache.
Last year I ran in lots of snow Chopstheduck, depends on the surface. I try to aim for not too thick so enough footfall to have flattened a bit but not so much that it's slick! Very hard going if it's thick and feet get cold and wet very quickly
I ran mostly on the road as it was very quiet shithappensx1000 but definitely slower on the paths! If it's thick snow you must burn more and maybe a bit more for greater heat loss. My hrm gives varying calories each time anyway but not massively different.
Good to know it is doable! I was wondering about the heat loss too - was absolutely freezing yesterday and snowing lightly. I really can't face wearing a jacket though, so just had base layer,tshirt, bottoms then hat and gloves! Took a little while to warm up properly.
I'm on the Norfolk Suffolk boarder MegBusset we may be close by . I'm doing a mud and mayhem 10k in Santon Downham in March, dh is marshalling so I can enter for free. Very excited! Our training was cancelled Monday but I ran Wednesday, mostly on the road as they were pretty clear. Fingers crossed we don't have too much tonight so I can go tomorrow!
I'm not sure I could run in the snow. I was frozen to the core on Thursday,(-8) A bit warmer today but huge amounts of snow have now fallen so will be pretty deep tomorrow. A group of us have decided to do race for life so I better start soon if I want ot be able to finish it.
Well, my local parkrun when ahead this morning. The park was beautifully covered in about 4 inches of snow. It snowed whilst we were running. Magical! I just wish I'd discovered this running lark years ago...
My parkrun went ahead yesterday but my bus didn't come and I ended up starting late! Put in a pw time 10 mins slower than last week. Some due to late start some due to snow. Tail runner waited for me to catch him up do did have company. Marshalls wrre having snowball fight by time I finished...