Winter Running Resources and YakTrax Pro Giveaway

Brrr! The temperatures have plummeted, the wind is howling, and snow has fallen eight of the past nine days at our Utah headquarters. I guess that means winter is on its way, if it’s not already here. 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 iRunFar.com. As a bonus, we gave away five pairs 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 bookmark our winter running tag URL. If you’re looking for some more specific winter running advice, below are some examples.

Gear Resources
Two winters ago, we pulled together a series of winter running traction device reviews. The series, which focuses on over-the-shoe devices, includes separate reviews of Kahtoola MICROspikes, Kako Ice Trekkers Ultra (discontinued), STABILicers SPORT, and YakTrax Pro – our top pick in the lot. Stay tuned for an overview of additional winter running traction methods 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, the Saucony ProGrid Razor, and the La Sportiva Crosslite.

If you’re looking for ways to stay warm, take a look at our reviews of Moeben Arm Sleeves, the Original Buff, and the Merino Wool Buff. There are also multi-review articles on transition weather running apparel as well as running gloves and mittens.

Alternative Activities
Runners in snowy areas often engage in additional winter sports to maintain their endurance through the winter. Last year, we published articles on snowshoe running basics and snowshoe racing as well as my own 3-day snowshoe trek around Yosemite National Park. Look for more on snowshoe running articles this winter as well as information on other winter endurance sports.

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? Away from iRunFar, check out iRF writer Meghan Hicks’s Postholing Memories story. If you’re a fan of cross country running, consider whether it should be part of the winter olympics.

YakTrax Pro Giveaway!
We’re sure that you haven’t forgotten about about the YakTrax Pro giveaway and neither have we! [Unfortauntely for you, the contest has already closed.]

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Bryon Powell: is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of iRunFar.com. Having spent nearly 20 years as an ultrarunner and three decades as a trail runner, he's also written Relentless Forward Progress: A Guide to Running Ultramarathons and co-wrote Where the Road Ends: A Guide to Trail Running. He calls Silverton, Colorado and Moab, Utah home.

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  • I can't wait to start running in the winter. Last year I discovered how awesome it was; you have most of the trails to your self and the snow acts as great training because of the extra effort you have to put in. I also plan on running up and down my local ski slope. Yaktrax would come in handy considering Central PA is icey.

    Jason

    State College, PA

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  • My winter running began this past winter. I used the stabilicer sport and they worked wonders. I would love to check out the yaktrax on these cold new england days coming up!

    Justin

    Holden, MA

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  • I'm going to try to make it through this winter without resorting to the treadmill. Snow's supposed to be coming this weekend, traction control would be nice...

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  • To all of you all Northern runners, good luck in this winters training. More reasons I am glad to live in Texas and can wear shorts year round and no snow. Good luck to all of you.

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  • Winter running in Maine is a ton of fun, till now I've only relied on my low center of gravity to keep from slipping; YakTrax might just help me a bit more!

    Zak-Portland, ME

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  • Based on last year's winter in DC, I'm going to need a pair of YakTrax just run around in Rock Creek Park! Also, I'm sure they will come in handy when I'm in Colorado in a few months.

    Dan

    Washington, DC

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  • Here in Bismarck, 'winter' running will begin next week with the Turkey Trot. AM temps are expected below zero, after this weekend's snowfall of a few inches. And then winter arrives in another! YakTrax are very helpful for my wife's walk to/from work and for running on the trails in town.

    Randy

    Bismarck, ND

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  • I love running in the snow, hopefully we get more of it this year here in upstate NY. And I could use those YakTrax Pros this year. Last year I was running on the side of a trail to avoid some ice and rolled my ankle in a rut - I almost broke it. On top of that, I had to run 6 miles back to my car... I wasn't dressed warm enough to walk back, I would have frozen. If I'd been wearing some YakTrax Pros I could have run right over the ice.

    *crosses fingers to win*

    Jeff F. - Beaver Dams, NY

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  • Netflix and DVR make the treadmill a lot more inviting. :)

    Outside, I can't wait to try out my new thermal headband that covers the ears.

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  • Training for my first 50k in February, I'll need some help on the steep icy hills. This will be my first winter running too...

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  • They're saying we won't get another 'snowpocalypse' in DC, but it should be another snowy winter. Can't wait!

    Jul - Washington, DC

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  • I really only picked up running last February, but I've been putting in 40-50 mile weeks all summer. Running the trails in my area was a major find, since I'm never bored running through the woods, but I'm a little worried the winter weather will force me off of them. Some traction would be fantastic.

    Aaron

    Lakeville, MN

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  • My winter plan's fairly simple: an uninterrupted streak of running every day until May 1. Then it's a (hopefully) fast spring marathon leading into specific prep for JFK or MMTR. Just relocated back to NYC from AZ and, while I do miss the desert trails, I'm quite keen on running through the jaws of winter.

    And speaking of gear, I picked up a Buff based on your singing its praises. Great little piece of kit.

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  • Would love to try out the yaktrax!

    Why no mention of cross country skiing as a great winter cross training method? Yes, it is less like running than snow shoeing, but that's also kinda the point. It's different. Cross training is good for your running...

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  • Here in Michigan I eagerly await the arrival of snow! Few feelings are better then cruising along in the early morning leaving fresh tracks (or YakTrax) in the snow.

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  • plan to train hard this cold winter in NY to improve my marathon and 50k times

    peter

    harrison ny

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  • YakTrax are on my wishlist! I do think my homemade screw shoes are pretty cool, but I don't want to have to do that to all my trail shoes this winter. It would be rockin' to be able to throw a pair of YakTrax on whatever shoes I feel like running in on any given day. As the colder/snowier weather is no excuse to skip out on running, I plan on keeping up my training all through the cold months here in Chi-town.

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  • After spending all of last winter with the trails to myself in the Blacksburg VA area, I'm looking forward to running through another cold season, this time in the Arlington/DC area. Would love to try out some new gear and take the YakTrax on a few ski trips in the area.

    Tim

    Arlington, VA

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  • It's almost winter here in NM as well. I'm hoping some of the more exposed trails remain runnable all season. -- Tracy, Santa Fe, NM

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  • This will be perfect for my winter goal: DONT STOP RUNNING..no matter how bad the weather is...so the yaktrax will be perfect for my winter arsenal...

    Cheers!

    Jorge Fernandez

    Downingtown, PA

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