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Snowshoe running Posted: Wed Dec 15, 2004 2:39 pm 

Has anyone ever tried snowshoe running? Does it mess with your form?
Or is so different from running that it's a different sport?
I'm moving to the east coast next year and am starting to think about my winter workouts (and what cool new gear i'll be needing)

Runworks 2005 5M Racer
San Francisco, CA
Joined: 26 Nov 2004
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Re: Snowshoe running Posted: Wed Dec 15, 2004 11:04 pm 

Trail Runner had a short section on showshoeing this month, and even reviewed some snowshoes. It's all very high-tech stuff, not the deer antlers and stretched intenstine I was imagining.

Their advice: First-timers should start on a packed-down area. Brace yourself; it feels clunky at first. As you stride, remember to lift your foot more than usual, since the showshoe's tail drops and needs to clear the snow. Snowshoeing demands a greater, more powerful arm swing. Your pace will be slower than running and your heart rate will max out faster. Settle for a slower pace and build your speed with occasional sprints.

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