Runners aren’t typically fans of the treadmill, but some reluctantly opt to slog it out on the conveyor belt during the winter months because it’s just more convenient than dealing with snow and ice. This is a totally sensible thing to do.
But then there’s the other kind of runner, the kind that no matter what the weather will be running outdoors. This person is the ultimate anti-treadmill runner and also the person that loves winter. If you’re an anti-treadmill, winter-loving runner, then chances are you’ve found yourself going to some pretty ridiculous measures to get the run in. Here are some of those measures with motives that only the winter runner will understand.
Speed work (but it’s snowy outside)
If you’ve got a speed day on the training plan but the weather didn’t cooperate, instead of moving to the bike, treadmill or indoor track, simply strap on some ice spikes to your Vaporflys.
Track workout (but the track is covered in snow)
Some people see a track blanketed in snow and immediately says, “We’re going inside.” Emma Coburn’s group sees this and says, “Joe [her husband and coach] get the shovel.”
Wanting to run but worried your hair will freeze
Your hair probably will freeze but that’s what beards are for after all. Facial hair is a key component to keeping runners warm during the winter run.
Your main form of cross-training becomes snowshoeing
Lots of companies make snowshoes designed for running on the coldest, snowiest days. Even Canadian record holder Gen Lalonde has been known to turn her runs into snowshoe days. If it’s good enough for Lalonde, it’s good enough for us.
There’s also a Snowshoe World Championship for those interested in making their winter cross-training method competitive (but winter runners probably knew that already).
The hat-buff-glasses combo
This look is reserved for days when any skin exposure is dangerous. The hat-buff-sunglasses (sometimes googles) combo means that there should only be a small patch of skin on your nose bridge that sees the elements.
When all else fails, warm weather trip
When you’ve had it with the winter, go and see your friends who live in warm places. One January or February trip is usually good enough to get you through another six weeks of track shoveling, snow shoeing, layering and beard freezing.