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25 gen 2017

Inspiring stories of runners who didn’t take sNOw for an answer

With winter comes the threat of snow—and a potential hiccup in your regular running routine. However, the runners in the stories below didn’t let a little white stuff coop them up inside on a treadmill. (Bonus: Shoveling is an added bit of cross-training before a run.)
We understand if you simply have to head indoors, though. Check out our treadmill workouts page for options that will keep you from going crazy while running indoors.

Dedication to Preseason Conditioning 

Conditioning started in December for Yreka High School’s track and field team in preparation for the upcoming season. But The Siskiyou Daily News reported that head coach, Pam Borg, had to call off conditioning workouts because several harsh winter weeks in Yreka, California, caused the stadium track to be completely covered. That didn’t stop some of the distance runners on the YHS track and field team from getting their runs in. They shoveled a small lane around the entire track—just wide enough for their footsteps—and got to work to the delight of their coach.

Anything to Avoid the Treadmill

Quinn Schneider, a high school senior and North Carolina’s reigning male cross-country athlete of the year, didn’t let the snow dictate where or when he was going to do his long run.
The Washington Post first reported that in order to avoid running on a treadmill, the 18-year-old spent an hour shoveling the snow off his high school track. He then followed that up with a 10-mile run—only a small chunk of his average of 60 to 70 miles per week. (The video drone following the run was a nice added touch.)

“Track Fairies” Clear Snow at Nike World Headquarters

When you have to get your workouts in, any help is appreciated. Amy Cragg, a two-time Olympian and 2016 U.S. Olympic marathon trials winner, made sure to give a shout out on Instagram to those who cleared lanes one and two at the impressive Michael Johnson track at the Nike World Headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon. 

Inspiring Teammates to Take on the Snow

In February 2015, Kate Murphy, who was a sophomore at Lake Braddock Secondary School at the time, decided she wasn’t going to swim or hit the treadmill like her track coach suggested.

Instead, she spent an hour and a half shoveling out an entire lane around the track so she could run. According the Huff Post Teen, her efforts inspired her teammates to help her clear a second lane so they could also get their run in—outdoors. 

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