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Running in minus degree weather - 3 essential tips 

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As an ultramarathon runner, NAHILA HERNÁNDEZ knows what it means to run in the hardest conditions our planet has to offer. So you should really take her advice when it comes to running in minus degree weather
Nahila Hernández
Nahila Hernández

Nahila Hernández has made a career for herself as an ultra marathon runner. Taking part in these gruelling competitions doesn’t just mean running long distances, it also means fighting the elements.

From sweltering deserts to dangerous forests, Hernández has seen it all. Here she talks to The Red Bulletin about taming the coldest extremes on the planet, and what you need to do if you want to run in minus degree weather without the risk of injury, or worse! 

1 Mental preparation 

You need to make sure you’re mentally ready to take on conditions that are very different from the ones you’re used to. “If you prepare your mind for extreme conditions then your body will do what your brain tells it,“ explains Nahila. Be prepared for the situation, and the realistic possibility of the the problems you might face. If you’re not prepared mentally, then neither will your body be. 

Recordando cuando estabamos llegando al Antartic Ice Marathon con @marmot_mexico y @marmotchile

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2 Choose the right Equipment

It sounds simple, but the right equipment is key. A jacket is not going to be enough, “We used Marmot clothing that was specially designed for minus degree weather. You also need a really good GPS device. Losing your way can be a matter of life and death, so make sure you don’t scrimp when it comes to this. I use one by Garmin, and it has saved me plenty of times.“ Nahila also had to call on the help of military experts for her trip to the southernmost part of Chile when she found herself in an area with lots of glaciers. “You can never be too careful when you are doing these kind of runs.“ 

Nahila Hernández

Nahila finished 2nd in the Antarctic Ice Marathon in 2015 in the women’s discipline and 4th overall.  

© Nahila Hernández

3 Adapt to the climate 

Given the fact that you will be mainly running on frozen water, you should really take a lot of thought into your choice of footwear. “You can’t just wear your normal running shoes, they need to be designed especially for these kind of conditions. Gore-Tex technology prevents water from seeping in, and small spikes can help you keep your grip on icy terrain.“

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02 2016

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