When it comes to running in the snow, Dr Andrew Murray knows a fair bit about making the most of a bad situation.
1) ENJOY IT
Looking out of my window today even a couple big ugly buildings in front of me look like beautiful wedding cakes. Everything looks pretty in the snow, it’s like living in a brand new town. Get out and explore.
2) GET DECENT FOOTWEAR
I’ll sometimes wear Seal Skin socks, which although your feet get sweaty, it keeps the snow and ice out. Wear shoes that have great grip on them to help you move confidently through the snow, rather than slipping on your backside. My trusty Merrells have served me well in Outer Mongolia in Winter, in the High Arctic as well as the hills and streets of the UK. If the snow gets super-deep- you could consider putting show shoes or skis on.
3) DRESS FOR THE CONDITIONS
Wrap up like an onion! Lots of thin layers that you can peel on and off are much better than one thick layer. Gloves and something that covers your ears (for example a buff, or a hat) are essential – as your fingers and ears are the areas that get cold first.
4) TAKE YOUR PHONE AND SOME MONEY
Your phone battery lasts less long in the cold. Charge it fully before you head out. Most phones have incredible cameras on them now, great to capture those snowy pictures we see on social media all the time. A few quid can be just the thing to nip into a local cafe for a hot chocolate or grab a bite to eat. Running in the snow uses up way more energy than running normally
Some like it hot, but if you’re anything like Scottish ultra runner Dr. Andrew Murray, well you like it cold, very cold. A two-time Genghis Khan Ice Marathon champion, Murray has braved temperatures as low -35oC, glided across a frozen river network and evaded packs of wild wolves all to win titles. Feel a bit more silly about not running in the snow now?
Dr. Andrew Murray is a Scottish ultra-marathon runner, GP, health advisor to the Scottish Government and Merrell ambassador.
He has completed challenges including a 4,300km run from far north Scotland to the Sahara desert, 7 ultra-marathons on the 7 different continents in under a week, and with Donnie Campbell the first run across the mighty Namib desert and a run across East Africa. Race wise, he’s placed first in the North Pole Marathon, the Antarctic Ice Marathon, the Genghis Khan Ice Marathon, the Gobi Challenge, the Indo Jungle Ultra, and races closer to home, whilst also competing for Scotland in various events.