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Tips for race training in the snow, cold and ice


Eau Claire (WQOW) - Slick parking lots, sidewalks and roads; it's become part of our reality this winter. Walking itself can be a challenge; can you imagine trying to run?

Hundreds of people in our area are gearing up for the Eau Claire Marathon and half marathon. With race day about ten weeks away, it's time to train. Wednesday WQOW News 18 spoke with the race organizer to get some advice on how to train in the middle of this wicked winter. 

He says the most important thing is not to let bad weather stop you from getting in a run, even if you think doing it on a treadmill is boring.

"There are some wonderful treadmill workouts and you can adjust the speed, the incline. You can vary it, you've got some music you can distract yourself with. I do those on days like today where I'd really rather be outside but I gotta get my workout in," explains Eau Claire Marathon Organizer, Pat Toutant.

He says to get as many outdoor runs in as you possibly can but it's important not to let your body tense up, which can happen while running on slippery surfaces. The solution? Slow down!

Another tip from a  local runner is to start your outdoor runs going into the wind and end with it at your back. That way, when you're sweaty at the end of your run you don't have the wind hitting you and making things miserable.  ​

Also be aware that training on the treadmill works the front of your legs, versus an outdoor run which works your hamstrings.

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