So how you gonna do your long sunday run in the snow all you marathon runners?

Was meant to be doing 12 miles Sunday so not sure how to proceed. Never run in bad snow before any tips.

I'll ignore the time and just plod on till I hit 12 miles, think I'll wear gloves for the first time too. How are you guys who need to do a long run attacking it this weekend?



  • Mainly by staying off the roads and revelling in it, the roads are likely to be slushy and depressing.

  • Very lucky to have a long flat foot/cycle path that used to be a railway line
  • just go out aqnd enjoy it...don't worry about time....for my training programme i do time not distance so the weather doesn't affect it

  • Planning on my 12 miler in the morning up in West Yorkshire were it has put maybe a couple of inch of snow down.

    Wasnt sure if I should wear my trail shoes as they obviously have better gripping soles. Anyone else done this in the past?

  • i always run in trail shoes when its snowy/ icy for the extra grip.....

  • Yes to trail shoes.  Just enjoy! I was going to do 9-10 miles today but the snow was falling really thickly so I just got out there and did around 5 miles slowly and carefully.  Absolutely beautiful and of course if you're worried about the workout side of it, the snow adds loads of extra resistance...

    Get out there and see how you feel... it's not often you'll get to have such a magical running experience IMO

  • surely trail shoes have less surface area on the sole to deal with the ice?

  • Tim nice but dim?
  • I must say that the first time I went out on a snowy day I wore trail shoes.  I went arse over tip three or four times.  I subsequently found road shoes were much better for grip - although it seems a bit counter intuitive.  Yak Trax and similar are brilliant on ice, although they can feel a bit awkward if you have to do any distance on pavement.


  • MillsyMillsy ✭✭✭
    Sevendaughters - I don't quite get where you are coming from. How come the only Vehicles that made it up my road today were the 4x4s with big knobbly tyres? On a slippery surface a large flat surface area will be lethal.
  • 5 miles 2moro and 9 on Sunday can't wait image think ill just tackle it as I see on the day!!

    I've got a nice old railway line near me aswell Mr P! Think it's about 10 or so miles from my end to the other!! (Just a guess)
  • I plan to run 20 miles along riverside tracks and canal towpaths in my trail shoes on Sunday. Just done 10 miles in the snow in the dark with the snow-covered paths illuminating everything and it was really pretty, if a bit chilly.

  • Kathy HKathy H ✭✭✭

    This question is what I have been thinking. I've got 15 miles to runimage

    Mr H thinks that missing a long run one week won't make much difference. I'm not so sure! Nessie had some good advice to get out there and see how you feel. So I'll do that.

  • I'm praying the snow will have cleared a bit by Sunday....

  • Millsy1977 wrote (see)
    Sevendaughters - I don't quite get where you are coming from. How come the only Vehicles that made it up my road today were the 4x4s with big knobbly tyres? On a slippery surface a large flat surface area will be lethal.

    a car works differently to a human because it retains contact with the the surface where a human constantly 'strikes' the surface. Trail shoes aren't the best on icy roads, RW agrees:

  • He's nice. But dim
  • One simple way to "upgrade" from a road shoe is to try a trail running shoe. Trail running shoes are lightweight and can sometimes be a little bit warmer than road shoes. Some offer a degree of water resistance that is helpful in the snow. Trail shoes also boast some added traction through a more aggressive tread pattern. And, because they tend to be more stable, trail shoes can work well when you have to run over snow. Unfortunately, trail shoes won???t help you much on ice. And depending on how aggressive the tread pattern, they may feel clunky running over dry pavement.

    Sevendaughters the above is taken directly from the article you posted. I think if I read correctly it says wear trail shoes for snow. And as the op has asked how we are going to run in snow then I am defo going to try my trail shoes in the morning.
  • Having a mini-break - was due to do 12k race on Sunday but got called off. I actually slipped and badly bruised my side this morning just walking on a pavement (more dangerous than the roads in my opinion!)... Think I will spend Sunday taking my daughter sledging - a few days off won't do anyone any harm.

  • Trail shoes in snow are perfect. Get off the roads as that's where the packed snow/ice will be. Don't forget to drink..... You will dehydrate quickly in sub-zero temperatures. Wrap up warm and take a phone. You wouldn't want to fall over and then be stuck out there getting hypothermia. Be sensible and enjoy the most magical and fun running conditions. You lose 20% of your heat through your head, so a hat helps to keep you warm.
  • Am I the only idiot who heard it would snow and thought 'ooh, that'll be fun to run in' without also thinking 'oh dear, I'd better get some full-length leggings'?  I hate running in jeans.

  • Decided to forget running and settled for hard fast walk still exercised but felt safer perhaps thats my age telling me to be sensible still time to run before London and cover miles needed to get round safely. Happy running to others

  • daisyjess run in shorts.i did ... no on earth can you run in jeansimage

  • Can anyone suggest best trail shoes for compacted snow and icy pavements?
  •  Mick Mick ✭✭✭

    Anniesophie - Yaktrax or similar ...unbelievably good for snow and ice. (and no, I don't work for them or sell them). Whether walking or running. Read the size guide and buy smaller than larger if in doubt - so they are a tight fit on the shoe.

  • anniesophie wrote (see)
    Can anyone suggest best trail shoes for compacted snow and icy pavements?

    Sure can Annie.. Inov8s Oroc 280s are very rapid over snowy/icy conditions..

    Been out in mine earlier and running along an icy road at 7min/mile pace was easy, have to say it feels strange having this much grip on an icy road!!!

  • Try a treadmill

  • we'll hopefuly get our for a run tomorow

  • How do you manage Mick with Phil's chair? 

    I am in the east coast of England near Clacton, we must be the only place inthe UK that have had nothing!!!!

  • hi

    that depends on how bad it is, and were we go - if i'm at all unsure we simply dont do it

  • Had great fun on my long run this morning - mainly off-road with a few farm tracks etc thrown in. I wore my Asics Fuji Attacks, shorts over thermal underwear and a short sleeve top over a long sleeve top. Loved it. First couple of km was a challenge getting used to it but after that it was the same as any other run really. Just take the plunge,

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