Things to know – Trail running at -15C

Things to know – After a fresh snow fall do not directly follow the tallest guy in a group. The snow he knocks off the trees will land on you and inevitably will go down your neck. Lesson learned.

Elbow River, Kananaskis Country, Alberta

More things to know – Do not pack your cliff bar in an outside pocket. Just when you need it, at perhaps an hour into the run, you will discover that it is rock hard. Your teeth will not be up to it. If you had broken it into bits before the run you could have put the bits in your mouth to warm them up before trying to chew them. Or better yet, put them in an inside pocket. As it is you have no fuel but you must struggle on anyway. Lesson learned.

West Bragg Creek Trails

One last thing to know – Do not leave the end of your water bladder hose hanging outside where it normally goes. It will freeze and then you will have no water for the rest of the run. This could happen as early as 20 minutes into a run. Dehydration will occur. Instead stuff the end inside your jacket where your body heat can keep it thawed. Lesson learned.

All these lessons can be reinforced with a 2.5 hour icy trail run in the mountains, or if time is not on your side you can re-read this post in less than 30 seconds.

Top of Fullerton Loop, Kananaskis Country, Alberta

Author: Kevin

Just a trail runner in Calgary and beyond

12 thoughts on “Things to know – Trail running at -15C”

    1. Even after I put the frozen hose in my jacket it did not thaw out over the next 2 hours. I guess I’ll have to start with it inside the jacket. Frustrating.


  1. I wish I had read the tip about “not putting the Cliff Bar in my back pocket” before yesterday’s 16-miler. Had to learn the hard way at mile 10! Breaking it up beforehand is one of those “why didn’t I think of that” forehead-slappers.
    Run on! Run trail!


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