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5 Tips for Running in Snowshoes

I began running in snowshoes by complete mistake. What a tremendously difficult mistake it turned out to be! Haha! I was looking for a winter race for myself and two of my best friends when I came across the “Snowshoe Shuffle.” The dates were great, the location was great, and the price was on par. I sent a quick email to my friends and all three of us signed up without looking much into the race. About a week later one of my friends looked further into it. I’ll never forget it, “So, Lacey, it looks like we have to wear snowshoes for this race.” WHAT?! I had totally thought “Snowshoe Shuffle” was just a clever name for a race, much like the “Turkey Trot”. Well, I was wrong. Indeed, upon further examination of the website in all the photos EVERYONE was wearing snowshoes. Not only that, in this race you could qualify to Snowshoe Nationals! Yeah, we had our work cut out for us. Of course, by the time we all bought snowshoes and got around to putting them on it was race day. So, our first experience was a 5k. It was memorable to say the least! Since then I’ve only been snowshoeing a few times a year, so I am no expert, but here are 5 things I have learned along the way!


1.      Dress in Layers

This is a must! Your body temperature will change from the time you start to the time you finish, by a lot! You want to be well prepared and dressed warm (especially if in the worst case you got injured and had to sit to wait for help), but you also want to be able to shed layers comfortably during your run. Depending on the distance and on how serious of a runner you are I would say wear clothing that can be tied around you easily, or wear a small backpack so you have somewhere to put the cloths as you take them off. If you are a serious runner perhaps invest in some special outdoor winter apparel.


2.      Keep your Knees Up

Knees up is the name of the game for snowshoe running! If you don’t you will clip your toes on the snow and you will likely take a snowy face plant! So, just like running drills, keep those knees up!


3.      Wear waterproof clothing

Even if you follow tip #2 you are likely to fall, and even if you don’t fall the snow kicked up on your during your race will cover you (see photo). Be prepared by wearing thin snow pants, and a light waterproof jacket, or any waterproof clothing that will keep you dry.


4.      Do something, ANYTHING, to keep your feet dry

I personally have not figured this out yet in my running shoes. Lately, I wear my waterproof winter boots when I snowshoe, but I also haven’t been running much. For running you want comfortable running shoes but you also want dry feet. The first year I raced in snowshoes I was not prepared at all and my feet were super cold and soaked, the second year we used plastic bags and it worked alright! If I do another race, you better believe I’ll be looking into water proof socks or shoe covers.


5.      Enjoy yourself and don’t expect too much!

Running in snowshoes in HARD WORK! Give yourself credit for trying it, and enjoy the experience! Get crazy and sign up for a race! You may love it and you may vow to never do it again! I know I did, three times…. HA.


I hope these tips are helpful when you go to run in snowshoes! It surely will be something you won’t forget! I know within my first ten awkward steps I was laughing so hard I couldn’t breathe, and then, 10 steps later I couldn’t breathe because of the hard work! Running in Snowshoes is definitely a fun time and an amazing workout! Try it! Let me know how it goes!


Have tips for me? I’m hoping to do more snowshoeing this year! Leave them in the comments below! Thanks in advance!



Much Love & Happy Travels,




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  • Reply Ancient Skies

    Very cool!

    January 2, 2017 at 7:21 pm
  • Reply Jenn

    That sounds like such a fun race. I heard you end up being a better runner in the spring after snowshoeing all winter long. Where did you end up buying snowshoes? I’ve been wanting to get a pair.

    January 2, 2017 at 9:55 pm
    • Reply minnesotayogini

      It was a lot of fun! I got mine on Amazon! I believe the brand was “barefoot”

      January 2, 2017 at 10:35 pm
  • Reply emotionsoflife2016

    No excuses not to run in snow now, lol

    January 3, 2017 at 2:38 am
  • Reply Cassie

    I actually have gortex running shoes for winter running that would work perfectly for your tip 4. They are saucony kinvara, but made to withstand snow and water. They work soooo well. I have not tested them with snowshoes, I am sure you’d want to at least double up with a proper sock abd maybe also a plastic bag? I will try to test them before February for our tenative snowshoe play weekend lol.

    January 3, 2017 at 11:34 am
    • Reply minnesotayogini

      Cool! Those sound like a great idea! I also got the tip to cover old running shoes in colored duct tape which could be fun! 👍🏻

      January 3, 2017 at 12:25 pm
  • Reply milfordstreet

    I can walk in them. Something tells me that me running in them would involve a face-plant. Great advice though. Cheers

    January 3, 2017 at 9:09 pm
    • Reply minnesotayogini

      Haha! I fall down multiple times every time I go! 🙂 thanks!

      January 3, 2017 at 9:22 pm
      • Reply milfordstreet

        I once fell trying not to step on a porcupine with them.

        January 3, 2017 at 9:35 pm
  • Reply Minnesota Prairie Roots

    I have no advice on running in snowshoes. But you are inspiring me to perhaps try walking in them, which I’ve only done once in my life. That proved enough of a challenge.

    January 10, 2017 at 2:22 pm
    • Reply minnesotayogini

      I love it! For short distance! It is fun, but yes, difficult! I hope you try it again and enjoy yourself! 🙂 thanks for reading my tips!

      January 10, 2017 at 3:22 pm
  • Reply

    Love your determination and eagerness to try new things! (Even if they aren’t always planned)
    We love snowshoeing but have never actually done a race before.
    Make sure you have the right socks when you’re snowshoeing. It’s best to have socks made from some kind of wool. Merino wool is always a favorite. It helps wick moisture away from your foot. Here’s some more information on it

    February 14, 2017 at 6:27 pm
    • Reply minnesotayogini

      Thanks so much for the tip! I will check it out!

      February 14, 2017 at 6:44 pm

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