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Endless Autumn: Running Through the Winter That Never Was

A discussion piece about trail running during this Winter that Wasn’t.

By on February 8, 2012 | 45 comments

I may live in a ski town (Park City, UT), but I don’t know how to downhill ski and am, more or less, a one-trick pony. Simply put, I love to run! That’s why this winter… or, rather, lack of a winter has been absolutely wonderful in my book.

Just yesterday, I left my house, hit the roads for two-thirds of a mile to my favorite neighborhood trail loop, and ran on packed snow trails. The last day that loop was runnable last “winter” was November 20th. That means I’ve had an extra 11 weeks and 2 days/2 months and 18 days of extra trail running this winter over last year’s snowfest. All those extra trail miles have kept me motivated and excited about the coming season.

Winter trail running 2011-12

Me atop my favorite local trail loop late last month.

Call for Comments
This Winter That Wasn’t is happening around much of the lower 48 and, as I understand it, was hanging around Europe for quite some time. With that in mind, it’d be great if you could share:

  • How you’ve been using your extra trail time this winter;
  • Any primo trail runs/adventures that wouldn’t normally be possible;
  • Pictures that go along with your sweet winter trail running; or,
  • If you’re in the Southern Hemisphere, some tales or pics of trail running to get us Northerners excited for what’s still to come?

Ps. Since you may still be dealing with winter conditions to some degree, check out our collection of winter running articles as well as our guide to winter running traction devices and the winter apparel lineup in the iRunFar Store.

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Bryon Powell

Bryon Powell is the Editor-in-Chief of iRunFar. He’s been writing about trail running, ultrarunning, and running gear for 15 years. Aside from iRunFar, he’s authored the books Relentless Forward Progress: A Guide to Running Ultramarathons and Where the Road Ends: A Guide to Trail Running, been a contributing editor at Trail Runner magazine, written for publications including Outside, Sierra, and Running Times, and coached ultrarunners of all abilities. Based in Silverton, Colorado, Bryon is an avid trail runner and ultrarunner who competes in events from the Hardrock 100 Mile just out his front door to races long and short around the world, that is, when he’s not fly fishing or tending to his garden.