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Too scared to run on ice and snow so I did my 5k on skis!

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Thank you for all the advice I have been given about running on ice and snow. I will research and find a solution for me from all your ideas and thoughts!

Having broken my wrist 3 years ago, running on an icy Moel Famau I have not ventured out to run this week.

I found my own short term solution and did today's 5k on my touring skis.

It was fabulous, although even slower than my usual run. I am not really sure why I feel more confident on two planks than I do on my own two feet but there is is.

The weather is changing now and by the time on February 7th when I plan to do my 10k Virtual Run for Cancer Research, it may have all melted but at least I have found a possible way to go if we are still enjoying the delights of the white stuff.

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linda9389 profile image
linda9389Administrator

Oh how lovely! Today's sun, blue sky and snow made me sad for the ski holiday we won't be having this year 😢

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coggerjogger in reply to linda9389

Yes I was thinking about ski holidays as I went along. Managed Les Arcs last year but my ski touring with the Austrian Alpine Club was cancelled. Lets hope things are different next year. Keep running!

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linda9389Administrator in reply to coggerjogger

We were lucky enough to be back from skiing in Italy about a week before anyone had heard of Covid 19. Hard to imagine now!

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coggerjogger in reply to linda9389

Yes I remember when I heard about it in China, thinking that these things usually pass us by. How misguided☹️

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SkiMondayUltramarathon in reply to linda9389

I remember stopping at a motorway services enroute to Italy and watching a news report about a jet that had been chartered by the UK government to bring people back from Wuhan. It talked about them having to quarantine in a UK hotel after they arrived. It all seemed very remote at the time.

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johnm12Half Marathon

Oh. Thats the way to do it! Very impressive. Good to get the skis out and pretend you re in the alps.

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SkiMondayUltramarathon

Provided there's enough snow, that's a great way of getting some exercise. After all, skis started off as a means of travelling through snow.

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C3POMarathon

Even though I live in Norway's capital city, snow is getting rarer, so I always think it's important to get out there and ski while the weather allows it. So I completely agree with your strategy. And yes, unless you've grown up in Norway, which I didn't, it's normal to be slower on skis than on foot. But it's really fun. Plus skiing means you can have a cup of hot cocoa afterwards.

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coggerjogger in reply to C3PO

Or even Gluhwein ! I did a ski trip in Norway many years ago skiing hut to hut and at the end of the day using the supplies provided in the wonderful mountain huts on an honesty basis. It was beautiful and an excellent experience.😊

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C3POMarathon in reply to coggerjogger

You're more advanced than me, then. I've never done that myself, but I'd really like to! Luckily there's plenty of skiing close by.

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coggerjogger in reply to C3PO

Yes you are lucky and I hope that you are able to access the slopes it during this pandemic. We must exercise from our door. Advanced? not sure about that, in Norway we used skis that had no heel fixing and patterned bases for going up hill. I never got the hang of telemark turns which look so graceful and beautiful. In the Alps we use bindings that can fix at the heel to ski down and put skins on the base for up. (This is what I used yesterday but I needed more snow and steeper slopes to really get going.)

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C3POMarathon in reply to coggerjogger

That's right, cross country skis only have bindings on the toes, which means they're less of a hassle than alpine boots. I meant going from hut to hut. It's something I've always wanted to try but haven't got around to yet.

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Dexy510 Miles

How wonderful, to get your skis out at home. Will so miss skiing this year. We got back from the states just before they closed the resorts last year. We were discussing whether we should do an extra week next year to make up for it. 😀

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coggerjogger in reply to Dexy5

I think that you should! We all need a treat after this! Although I do get concerned about flying and global warming. We went to Les Arcs by Eurostar last year overnight which worked well.

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GoGo_JoJoUltramarathon

That's a great way to improvise! I'm jealous of all the snowy pics, we've only had rain and more rain here 🤣

Run46 profile image
Run46Half Marathon

Lol, great idea coggerjogger...and there's me just walking (gingerly). You're certainly determined ⛷👏

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coggerjogger in reply to Run46

ty, I did enjoy my adventure and now it has all melted. No excuse anymore! 😊

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RunBrianRunHalf Marathon

It’s a bit late now but you might want to look at kahtoola spikes. They get some great reviews.

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coggerjogger in reply to RunBrianRun

ty. I am busy investigating everyone's suggestions. This forum is amazing. It has rained here now so although I will make a purchase for the future the immediate pressure is off! I enjoyed my adventure on skis.😊

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