How To Run Through a Snowstorm

Our most recent storm has been more like March than December, featuring heavy wet snow and periodic showers of “ice pellets.” In short, it’s nasty out. The right gear makes all the difference, though, and we had a mostly enjoyable run through the snow and ice. The only thing I was missing was a pair of clear shade; the ice pellets were painful when they hit eyes!

Accurate facial expression for the weather.

Accurate facial expression for the weather.

My must-haves for snowstorm runs:

Skida Headband: Absolutely the best active headbands on the market. Vermont-made and worth checking out.

Brooks Nightlife II: Make sure plows see you!

Nathan Poptop Gloves with fully reflective top: Warm, water resistant and more visibility.

Saucony Omni Tight: The best winter tight I’ve ever owned; perfect for a single layer to 10 degrees.

Icebugs: If you live in snow country, invest in these. I ran outdoors throughout all of Ice-pocalyse last year without a single issue.

18 thoughts on “How To Run Through a Snowstorm

  1. Meghan's Mind

    I’m going to have to look into those Icebugs after my fall in the ice earlier this week…I’ve been on the treadmill since then because I’m too afraid to run outside now! πŸ™ The Skida gear is super cute, too!

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    1. runnerunderpressure

      The icebugs have really changed my life. I even wear them when I coach skiing on icy days so I don’t risk falls. Hope you’re not too banged up from your fall! How much of this storm did the 518 get?

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  2. Meghan's Mind

    I have two pretty great battle scars on my hip and elbow, but other than that I’m still kicking haha It’s a LOT better out today than it was earlier this week, but I might let it warm up a bit before I venture back outdoors. πŸ˜›

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  3. foxrunsfast

    I’m definitely interested in the icebugs, but wanted to know if you can wear them on roads that are snowy/icy? Or are they just for trails? I saw several versions on their site – is there one you recommend? πŸ™‚

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    1. runnerunderpressure

      I almost always wear mine on roads or sidewalks, although I’ve used them on trails during season changes when there’s ice melt around. I have the Anima2 which I don’t think they make anymore (at least according to their site). I’ll check w my shoe buyer on what the closest to mine is and let you know! How goes the return to speed?

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      1. foxrunsfast

        Thanks so much!! The return to speed is…well, it’s a bit anxiety-producing. I’m just nervous – am I doing too much? Will I get reinjured? Every little niggle has me a bit worried. BUT it’s going. I did a tempo run this week (3 miles) and while I felt slow and out of shape, it was good to feel like I had a true WORKout. πŸ™‚ I’ve been a bad blogger lately – between a trip with my girls to visit my sister in Texas and then Christmas looming it’s just been nuts! Plus, I’m almost afraid to blog about things for fear I’ll jinx myself!!

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      1. foxrunsfast

        Is it the Anima2 BUGrip that you have or the RB9X? (I feel like this shouldn’t be that complicated and yet I still have not figured out which one I should buy). πŸ™‚

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        1. runnerunderpressure

          I have the BUGrip, which are the carbide studs on the bottom (for ice). I think the RB9X are just the rubber nubbies (which the BUGgrip also comes with; that’s what the carbide pokes out of.)

          Glad to hear you’re getting back into it; I totally understand the hesitation to blog (or even talk about it). No one more superstitious than a formerly injured runner. Keep it up! Let me know how you like the Icebugs.

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          1. foxrunsfast

            Awesome. I’ll check those out. Can you run with the carbide studs on regular pavement? We’ll get ice, but the road will be sheets of ice in some areas and then just wet pavement in others. Would that tear up the studs do you think or are they okay to run on asphalt?

          2. runnerunderpressure

            That’s how it is too and although they make noise, they retract some when they hit the pavement and I haven’t had a problem with them wearing down. One of my complaints with other winter running shoe add-ons is that when you hit pavement, you almost slip. The icebugs don’t do that. They are almost as stable on pavement as on ice.

          3. foxrunsfast

            Just scored a pair of Anima2 BUGrip on Overstock.com for $122 (and free shipping!) – woot! I’ll let you know how they do once we get hit with some bad weather. πŸ™‚ Thanks for the recommendation!

  4. Fra

    Hi, sorry I am a little late on this discussion…. This is my second winter in Canada, and this year I would like to run outside at least a little bit (last year I just used the treadmill for 4 months straight and I was about to go nuts…)

    So far, a big issue for me has been that because a lot of running shoes have mesh parts, my feet get extremely cold (I mean, frozen) even if I am wearing wool/heavy socks. How are your Icebugs doing in terms of keeping your feet warm?

    Thanks a lot! πŸ™‚

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    1. runnerunderpressure

      I have the cold feet issue too; I have Raynaud’s and lots of times, I don’t feel my feet for an entire day of coaching! The Icebugs actually do a great job of keeping my feet warm; the fabric is closer to canvas so they don’t soak through. That being said, because it’s canvas, I don’t usually try to wear them with more than one layer of socks.

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