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When I'm a billionaire I will have my paved rail trail paths redone with a snow melt system underneath, that way I can run them year-round.
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I think you're really thinking too much about this. It's really not a huge deal when you get used to running on snow and ice ... Runners run.
How does it work if you are running on a mix of icy roads with patches of clear?
Most snow conditions are fine to run on. Here in Montréal we often get a surface of packed snow that melts a bit and freezes again or gets a coat of freezing rain on top, or the worse, an uneven ice layer with a very thin layer of snow on top. Sometimes you can run on it, but sometimes you have almost no traction. Trying to run on it is very hard on the shins and ankles as you're always fighting for stability. It's not falling that I'm most afraid of, it's pulling something while trying to keep balance.
It's really not a huge deal when you get used to running on snow and ice.
I might be inclined to agree, since the roads here in Chicago (and Boston and other big cities, I suspect) are seldom left uncleared for very long.. BUT ZZ doesn't live in a big city, right?
If they haven't cleared the snow off the road in awhile and it gets packed into a tight, slipperly layer, I can totally understand how that would be really annoying (if not dangerous) to run on.
Also, as RunB has said, it depends on the quality of your snow, since some climates produce fluffy, harmless powder and others produce nasty, icy sleet. I remember the time a friend of mine came to visit from Philly and was amazed at how different our snow was in WI (it's a lot colder too).
So do what you have to do ZZ.... if it's that bad, maybe you can find a gym with a month-long free trial? hehe.
Wow that's a long thread for snow running but the guy who recommended the Road Runners ice cleats has the best idea!. I have tried them all and I use those for all of my ice trail runs. You can even scale a steep icy incline with confidence. Yaktrax are fine for walking but feel horrible and don't work well on hills. Screws in your shoes work OK but those little spike in those slip on cleats are the way to go. And you can slip them off when you get to pure snow. I carry them around my waist for icy moments.
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