Tuesday, December 10, 2013

WPR Sportscast for December 11

It's going to be slippery.

You're all really smart and awesome people and so I know I am being overly cautious when I say that you should be careful when you come run on Wednesday. The snowfall will stop by Tuesday night, but the temperatures will be staying well below freezing for the next few days. That means that there is going to be a LOT of ice on the roads and sidewalks. 

It is totally possible to run in these conditions, but there are some important steps you can take to be safer:
1) wear trail shoes, if you have them. YakTrax and other running crampons are ideally used on all-snow/ice surfaces and not on bare sidewalks. Running on concrete will wear them down and make them less effective on snow/ice. I would not necessarily recommend crampons for tomorrow.
2) shorten your stride. Try to keep your feet directly under you - don't reach ahead with your foot or you will be more likely to lose balance. Also, be careful when taking turns.
3) walk through sections that look particularly icy.
4) Most importantly, if you are not comfortable with running in slippery conditions, I would recommend skipping this run and just meeting us at the bar where the traction is much better.

This Week's Routes (to Local 44 Bottle Shop)

2 Miler

4 Miler

6 Miler

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