Late last year I made some wild declaration that I wanted to run a PB in February’s Regents Park 10K (hosted by the Mornington Chasers). I really thought that I was ready to do it. My 5K times at parkrun have been on target, I rested the day before, and I felt pretty strong. But then, lo and behold, the snow that has been threatening all week descended on London and my pre-race nerves discipated into excitement at the prospect of a jolly snow run.
You can’t run fast in snow, and speed really can’t be the aim when running in conditions like this. The aim is to stay upright. That’s why the organisers made the difficult decision at the last minute to cancel the race. 4 of the 5 Berlin hopefuls were in attendance and, despite the race no longer officially taking place, we all gave the 3 lap course our best shot anyway – and gave our calves the workout of their lives!
Tim (far left) ran on ahead and finished only a few minutes outside of his usual time. Myself, Kayleigh and Dee found it much tougher though. The first lap was really tough on the calves and bum and we averaged slower than a 10 min/mile. The next two laps felt more comfortable though – perhaps even fun – and by the end I was loving it, and feeling strong. Not sure I’ll be doing it for another 12 months though…
The only tip I have for snow running is to to plant your feet straight down as much as possible and stay bouncy. It’s a bit like running in mud, so you don’t want to stay in one place for too long! Also, avoid yellow snow and supporters with snowballs. Oh, and have fun! It doesn’t happen very often, but when it does it’s just magical.