Winter Running Prep

While we are still eagerly anticipating the arrival of winter here at iRunFar headquarters in the Sierra foothills, old man winter already has a firm grip on many places. With that in mind, we’re going to take this opportunity to highlight some of the winter running resources that can be found here on

[We previously held a contest in which gave away five Winter Survival packages each of which will include a pair of YakTrax Pro, our favorite winter running traction device.]

Winter Running Resources
If you stop by iRF looking for our latest winter-related articles, click on the Winter Running tab at the top of every page or use our winter running tag URL. If you’re looking for something more specific winter running advice, below are some examples.

Gear Resources
Last winter, we pulled together a series of winter running traction device reviews. The series, which focuses on over-the-shoe devices, includes separate reviews of the Kahtoola MICROspikes, the Kako Ice Trekkers Ultra (discontinued), STABILicers SPORT, and the YakTrax Pro – our top pick in the lot. Stay tuned for an overview of other winter running traction methods later this winter.

We’ve also reviewed some shoes that are particularly suited for winter, such as the Inov-8 Roclite 312 GTX, the Asics Gel-Arctic WR 2, the Inov-8 Mudclaw 330, and the La Sportiva Crosslite. We’ll also publish a quick review of Saucony’s ProGrid Razor in the coming weeks.

If you’re looking for ways to stay warm, take a look at our reviews of Moeben Arm Sleeves, the Original Buff, the Merino Wool Buff, and the Lululemon Sergeant Jacket.

Articles and Entertainment
We’ve also got a couple winter articles that you might enjoy. First off, there’s one discussing the merits (or lack thereof) of snowshoe running. Then there’s Kevin Sullivan’s highly entertaining Why I Hate/Love Winter Running. If you enjoy Kevin’s winter running article, check out his poignant Will Running on the Treadmill Make You Insane?

Winter Survival Box Giveaway!
YakTrax ProWe’re sure that you haven’t forgotten about about the YakTrax Pro giveaway and neither have we! [This is the contest for 2009… it is now closed! The 2010 YakTrax Pro giveaway can be found here.]

Five lucky winners received a full Winter Survival package from courtesy of Implus Footcare containing:

A Favor
We don’t make you “do” anything to enter this giveaway. No need to fill out a form, sign up for this, or subscribe to that. However, if you appreciate iRunFar and what it does, we just ask that you spread the word. You could share news of this giveaway with others or tell them about the website on your next run.

While you’re at it, consider further embracing the iRunFar community through one of the following options. Not only will they keep you better informed (we share different news on the website, the Facebook fan page, and Twitter), but you’ll help us out, too!

There are 70 comments

  1. Griffin

    Marc Griffin, Stuarts Draft VaAdd my name to the list, with Hellgate coming up very quickly and I heard of a new race in WV Jan 2 this gear would be great.Thanks

  2. Turi

    Turi Becker, Reno, NVTried some screws in the soles of old shoes last year, and it worked pretty well, but the YakTrax could go on any shoes. Thanks.

  3. Paige

    Heya Bryon! I'd love some winter gear to help me get through the snowy season we'll be entering here soon! Rocky Raccoon is almost a go, so that means training through all the snow and ice, yippee!Paige T., Chicago, IL

  4. Gangeli

    I would also appreciate getting some more winter running stuff. going to be my first winter out running loooonnnggggg! :)mostly ice, some snow. :)gino a, chicago, il

  5. ultrastevep

    Hi Bryon….I actually started using the Yaktrax last winter here in New Hampshire after screwing my shoes for years…so I have a pair, but Deb doesn't yet, so add my name!We're hoping to be back in the Jemez Mountains of NM before winter is finished with us, but when we lived there in '06 and '07 we got 5 feet of snow! (It was just a LOT warmer) :-)Steve

  6. Anonymous

    Holly McCSan Ramon, CASome new running gear would certainly help keep me motivated this winter since my running buddies are all fair weather runners and dropping like flies :D

  7. Benoit

    Benoit C, Montreal, Qc, CanadaCold weather and snow… Winter is coming! But it's definitively not a reason to stop running. Your winter gear would be great for those upcoming months.Thanks for your posts

  8. Kapokkid

    mud mud mud mud mudmud ice mud ice mud ice icewinter is sick sweetYou may recognize that haiku, but I swear it is not plagiarized.Sitting next to a gym teacher that just did some crazy trail run, recommended the shoes that Sparky recommended, and may be signing up for some crazy mud-races soon, running fast is not going to happen anytime soon so getting dirty seems like a good alternative.keep up the good work boss.

  9. Bryon Powell

    Kapokkid, I do, indeed, recognize the influence of your haiku and it begs the question, who are you? I do not mean that in the metaphysical sense, but the more common Western personal-identity based sense.

  10. Joe Pope

    Joe Pope, Washington, DCPlease add me to the list! I love your site – it's incredibly helpful!Also, could send me an iRunFar bumper sticker (if you have any left)? You can just put it in the box with the Hardrocks I'm going to win from the Black Friday giveaway!Thanks!

  11. Andrew

    go through this stuff like crazy in MN – Home of the Arrowhead 135.Winter is the time of year to rack up the long slooow miles.Andy S. MN

  12. Bryon Powell

    Joe,Just in case you don't win, can you shoot me your mailing address via the contact form so I can send you the sticker regardless? :-)

  13. Hoyawolf

    Anyone who plans early season races knows that the secret to success in the warm days of summer are lots of cold lonely miles in winter. As an avid snowshoer myself I definitely know the limitations of these on steep terrain. The YakTrax could be very helpful indeed. Brad NicholsonAlexandria, VA

  14. Nature Girl

    Christy Drimmel, Sudbury, ONWill hopefully be driving down to Creemore with my iRunFar bumper sticker proudly displayed for a fun 'little' jaunt on icy and/or muddy trails in January, in preparation for my first 50 miler in Sulphur Springs… which is in preparation for my first 12 hour… which is in reparation for my first 100 miler… which is in preparation for death shortly thereafter…

  15. Anonymous

    Love iRunFar! In fact I need to get a bumper sticker as well.I am in dire need of ways to avoid the dreaded winter wipe-outs seen in my neck of the woods. Really any wipe-outs since I just took another nasty tumble this weekend.Thanks and keep up the great work!!Pam W, Westland, MI

  16. Anonymous

    Byron, I'd love a set. I promise not to treat them nice. In fact, I'd stomp all over them. I have enough trouble keeping my Clydesdaleness upright in the mud, much less the snow and ice. Think of it as a service to our parks…You may save the poor sapling(s) I'm fated to collide with this winter. I lack Hoyawolf's "light" stride in the woods – especially downhill, so any edge I can get, I'll take. He actually took me up ice covered trails over Garmisch Germany last year that had potential for serious damage if you left the trail. The guy can run on anything. Bob Holzhauer – Northern Virginia's version of the Sasquatch.

  17. jdawg

    I would love to get in on this. I want to be outside on the snow and ice this winter either with traction or snowshoes, and as a stay-at-home dad, I need a way to enjoy an eastern Canada winter.I would also be nice to have some road and trail legs come spring.Jody SFredericton, NBCanada

  18. Chris Freet

    Hi Bryon,Chris, Honesdale, PAHere in northeast PA we have what seems to be 6 months of winter–last year we had snow from October to April. This package would be great.Thanks for the great posts!

  19. Dustin Meyer

    I would love some winter gear! I am going to try to get out to the Grand Canyon in January, so this would come in handy. Dustin MeyerLawrence,KS

  20. Ivy

    Ivy Chastain, Reno, NVI'm training for my first 50k next spring, some winter gear will help keep me in line in training this winter and hit some trails up in Tahoe

  21. Sarah

    I would definitely appreciate some winter gear. I'm doing the Tecumseh trail marathon Dec 5th, and some other shortish trail races this winter, but I've got to keep my mileage up this year because I have a pretty big race I want to do in July that might have the letters V and T in it.Sarah J, Marengo IL

  22. David

    I need to keep my running up this winter as I plan on doing my first Ulta in June with a spring 'training' marathon as well.Keep up the good work on the blog!David M. Ely, Okemos, MI

  23. EricG

    BryonCan't turn down a chance for some cool winter gear here in the North East.Just learned about iRunFar a few months ago and am a fan. Will sign up today. Keep it up.EricGBriarcliff Manor, NY

  24. Victoria

    Well, the iRunFar bumper sticker has advertised itself so far in Tahoe, Santa Barbara, Richmond and various other locales in California. If I win the Yaktrax, I'm heading to Yosemite. Be prepared.

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