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Posted - December 18 2017 :  03:52:15  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
With the recent heavy snow fall, it has been a struggle to run in the snow and slush on the roads and sidewalks. In past years, I've skipped the effort and headed for the treadmill, but this year I'm determined to tough it out. I use trail shoes for better grip, so there's that. Does anyone have tips for winter running they care to share?

Sidebar: A 6-mile run seems a lot longer and more fatiguing in the snow and I am wiped out afterwards but the fresh air does feel better than the air at the Y.


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Posted - December 18 2017 :  07:01:55  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I love the 'yak trax'. They help on the ice.
it is a fun time to run, unless you encounter some idiotic drivers that I did this past Saturday!

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Posted - December 18 2017 :  09:50:41  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Depending on what type of neighborhood you're in, running on side-streets or shoulder could be an option..
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Posted - December 18 2017 :  14:43:55  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Can't think of any tips for gear, but do consider running in wny's winter and snow/slush a kind of badge of honor, I like to think of it as our equivalent to altitude training - a 6 miler in slush is worth much more. I feel much stronger for it once spring and summer come around.
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Posted - December 18 2017 :  15:38:34  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I live downtown so Iím often kicked off the sidewalks due to anything and everything blocking me as an obstacle. So on the roads I use trail shoes but on really bad days I depend on my yaks. I do notice they change my running form a bit but if the roads are really that bad I donít tend to mind that.
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Posted - December 18 2017 :  16:11:10  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Good tips. I think I'll try the Yak Trax. My form is bad anyway with the slipping and sliding and keeping a lower center of gravity! And yes, I'm feeling pretty good going out there these days - definitely not for the faint of heart. Today was better than yesterday and both were better than last week Wednesday and Friday. Wow. Brutal.

How about snow shoes? Does anybody go for these as an alternative?
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Posted - December 19 2017 :  17:40:03  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I've run in snowshoes for the last nine winters and it's been great! You can access trails all year long and end up actually looking forward to the snow. There's no workout like it. I would recommend a running/racing model. I prefer Dions. Northern Lites, Redfeather and Atlas makes some good models as well.
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Posted - December 23 2017 :  17:47:31  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I've been stable on Salomon Speedcross & Hoka Trail shoes for nordic runs. Not representing any brand on purpose but the lugs on these are out of sight and protrude so deep making a very stable footprint and grip like no other I've seen-namely the Salomons. I'm sure there are more brands. Yes form suffers on any slippery surfaces but confidence on the hardpack/slick surfaces makes life easier for nordic running vs. treadmills. Never tried Yaks or screws but others do with success all the time. There's always the ice that is a huge risk but when the conditions are ideal a great grip/traction shoe certainly makes nordic a blast! Great topic. Perhaps google the tread of the Salomons and that will seal the deal. Goretex socks make the perfect package.
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Posted - December 28 2017 :  08:56:58  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
One of my favorite winter running places? The apartment complex across the street from my house. Their plowing service does a fantastic job and there is little to no traffic.

"Most people run a race to see who is fastest, I run a race to see who has the most guts." -Pre
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Posted - December 31 2017 :  11:43:06  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I've used these Icespikes the past 4 winters and they work great on ice and snow -

I've got a set screwed into an old pair of trainers and a set into an older pair of racing shoes. They add no weight to your shoe. Don't wear them on pavement as they wear out
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Posted - December 31 2017 :  14:04:35  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I could never run on a treadmill, too boring, I run straight through the winter on shoes as bald as the top of my head. How? It's all in the form - you need to change it up for slippery road conditions.

(of a horse) move with high springy steps.

Shorten your stride.

Come down on your forefoot (heel not good).

Use your arms more and swing them in a pronounced fashion to aid in balance.

Relax and learn to balance (do balance drills - yoga is the best: Crane Pose, Plank Pose, Firefly Pose)

Trust the force and learn to fall correctly (where there is fear there is tightness).

Happy New Year!
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Posted - February 08 2018 :  04:51:22  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
It's been almost two months since I originally posted this thread and I'm pleased to say I've been running outside this entire winter. Yesterday was tough, I gotta admit. There was tons of fresh snow fall and the sidewalks are rarely shovelled around my parts, so I was forced into the street where I could. Where that wasn't an option, I found myself high-steppin' through about 6 inches of snow. It was exhausting but in the end, satisfying.

Looking forward to the snow being gone! I wonder what the weather and road conditions will be like for the Shamrock. It could go either way by then.

Happy trails to all you winter warriors!
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Posted - February 09 2018 :  08:56:31  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Run with a dog. If they slip, watch out! And if you slip, the leash acts as a third point of support. If all else fails and you crash, your dog will keep you warm.
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