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Well, anyone looking for some snow should be here in Denver today. What a freaking mess. We've had about 8 inches today and it is the heavy wet junk like we normally get in the spring. It's not even November for crying out loud!!
I had to ditch my run this morning as there was just no way I could do it in this mess. The winds were strong and the visibility was about zero. Normally I enjoy a run in the snow but sometimes, it just isn't possible. Now I'm stressed because I think it will be about 6 inches of slush and ice tomorrow morning and I need to RUN!
Oh well... forecast is for sunny skies and 65-68* Friday through Sunday. Gotta love it!
I'm up in Vail. Yesterday was snow over ice, so not much fun to run in, but today is gorgeous! Hope it's better for you in Denver too !http://www.coolrunning.com/forums/smile.gif|src=http://www.coolrunning.com/forums/smile.gif|border=0!
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I don't actually have any warm foot gear for running in the snow, so maybe I don't know what I'm missing out on, but has been my experiance that your feet generate a tremendous amount of heat when you run, so they'll never get cold. I've run six miles in 6 inch snow 6 degrees (Ok, so maybe more like 12, but I didn't want to break my roll of 6's) with no socks and shoes with holes in them, and it was nice. I got pretty tired of running through some drifts making more vertical effort than anything else, but it was really great. I don't like being hot when I run though, unless I'm shirtless. Then it's ok. I just make sure to cover my ears-they ache really bad when it's cold.
skip the expensive yaktrax and just make 'em yourself!
I've done this for a few years with old shoes and it works like a charm. downside is that if there isn't enough snow on the ground in some places it's quite loud and annoying. but you can't beat the traction.
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I used Yaktrax last winter in ice and snow. I didn't fall but they did bunch up a bit after 3 or 4 miles. They make a pair specifically for runners that have velcro bands to keep them properly webbed around your shoe. I don't have these, however. REI sells spiked running shoes for inclement weather.
In Michigan, dreading serious running this winter. First winter that I will be running throughout. I have a treadmill, but don't really like it. Cripes, I had a major accident in Florida in January running, how do I think I can train in Michigan over the winter. Hopefully, will have at least a few plowed paths to stumble on!!!
yeah, there might be rules about shoveling a sidewalk, but what about raking leaves off if it?? i nearly slipped 10x the other day trudging through 6" of leaves on a sidewalk alongside a busy road.
RoadRunner Sports sells a pair of ice grips for your shoes. I've never used them, and some of the reviews on their website are quite negative on them.
I have never worn anything special when running on snow and ice. Like Grizzly said, you have to adjust your stride a bit (I tend to shorten mine dramatically).
Other than that, I bundle up (I've been known to wear up to 3 pairs of socks when the weather is below 10 degrees F).
One final thing about running in winter/snow. Make sure to wear bright colors and/or a light. In the snow, visability is greatly reduced. You don't want to get hit by a car.
I have a pair of the Yak Tracks that I put on my boots for clearing snow off our very steep driveway. They provide a great deal of traction, but after about 10 times outside (I only put them on to clear the drive) the metal spirals around the rubber broke and they started to unscrew off the rubber, making them fairly useless. I would be cautious to use them for running, but if you do buy them, get them locally with a store that has a decent return policy.
just my $.02.
I wear a pair of trail running shoes in the snow. They are more water/wind resistant and have a thicker tread for better traction. I live in a snowbelt area, so I see some pretty significant snowfall.
The nice thing, for me at least, is that the trail shoes that I use I can usually find at TJ Maxx or Marshalls for cheap. Saucony Aura Tr - great shoes and I've worn them on snowy marathon training long runs up to 18 miles.
Running in a little bit of snow is fun, like running through puddles. Running through a lot of snow is hell, especially wet snow.
I've never had to run through too much snow. I grew up in Delaware and it doesn't snow that much there. When it did snow I'd just postpone my run until the next day when the roads would be clear.
I love running outside in winter -- especially the look you get from snowplow drivers...
I would agree on skipping the strap-on systems (YakTrax, Kahtoola, Spiky, etc). I used Screw Shoes from SkyRunner website for several years as well. However, I found that I had to change the screws weekly -- this added up to 3-4 hours every winter (15 minutes per week with my DeWalt power driver optimistically). Last year I found Icespike ( http://icespike.net ) and got a whole season from the set (well over 400 miles). Save yourself a lot of time and frustration this year, because, unless you are really bored, 3-4 hours is worth a lot more than the $10-15 you'll save!!