This winter season I would love to challenge you to a new aspect of winter cross training that will undoubtedly leave you fitter and faster when race season comes around. Snowshoeing is a great winter activity that provides more benefits to your training than you likely realize.
There are two major types of snowshoes for two very different purposes. Alpine shoeing provided excellent cardio strength and power and it offers a great way to build your fitness throughout the winter. Living in Calgary is a huge benefit as we are less than a hour away from some great trails that are safe and require basic avalanche and safety training. I have been doing this type of training for years as my old coach was a big believer in the benefits. These 3-7 hour workouts are a great social opportunity to get out as enjoy the outdoors while still getting in some good base work.
Snowshoe running is something I only began using last season. My current coach is a 3x national snowshoeing champion and world bronze medalist so I have been fortunate to have experienced guidance in this area. I have always struggled with snowy pathways and icy conditions through the winter, as it leaves me running indoors on the treadmill or on the track. After doing this all winter it’s hard to feel refreshed once the season approaches. Then I discovered running snowshoes! They are very few Calgarians that venture out onto nose hill, the east COP trails, the bowmont single track or Fish creek in the winter- leaving these beautiful areas fairly untouched.
Running snowshoes cost only a bit more than regular running shoes and allow you to run practically anything and anywhere. Bored of running the same pathway all winter long? Strap on a pair! Go adventuring in the snow and allow your base runs to take on a whole new life during the winter time. The shoes not only help to build strength, core stability and strong muscles- they also help to prevent twisted ankles, and slippery conditions. Ice, packed snow, and power are all manageable. If you are interested in a bit more power- consider hill repeats! Strong ascents followed by a static rest and a fast descent can improve your agility and power in one simple workout.
This winter I will be putting on 3 yeti snowshoe races at nose hill and COP and I would love for you to join me at these events! I hope you are willing to give this training option a try so you are refreshed and invigorated to tie your race shoes in spring- fitter than ever. Getting your running done with added resistance and reduced impact should be a no-brainer for all runners! Get a edge thanks to snowshoes.
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