Well the blizzard of 2010 of course had a silver lining for those of us who like to inflict some unique abuse on our bodies as a way of getting stronger. First of all, 2 3-hour snow shoveling sessions in 40-mph winds in less than 12 hours was probably one of the hardest workout days I’ve ever done. My reward was the opportunity to do a deep snow run the next day. The base was about 2 inches beneath my knees, and the drifts sometimes were up to my hips. So I suited up in my Inov-8 Mudclaws and Skins and dove in, literally.
1. Deep snow running is incredibly difficult. I could get maybe 50 yards before I had to stop.
2. It is amazingly hard on your stabilizing tissues: hips, knees, arches, core. That’s where I was REALLY sore.
3. It’s pretty much impossible to actually run. Forget pose or any other technique. It’s more like doing step-ups or walking lunges.
4. When the snow gets over your knees, it’s humbling. You’re pretty much done. You get a taste of what quicksand must be like. Stop and say uncle to mother nature.
5. Inov-8 nailed it. The shoes were unstoppable. Not a slip.
Not that I wish for more snow, but it was a fun experience, and highly recommended!