Gear for running on snow and ice
Had I known two months ago we'd have the snowiest, iciest winter in 50 years, I’m not sure I would have signed up for a spring marathon. On the positive side, my running friends and I have discovered gear that helps:
Traction devices are key. Due North Ice Cleats ($24) work well on ice, packed snow, and plowed roads, that is, most conditions except for deep snow. The design is simple and easy to strap onto your shoes. You can stash them in a pocket if you only need for parts of your run. My friend Brandi and her ultra-running friends have been using Kahtoola nanospikes, which also get great reviews ($49).
Short gaiters keep snow and slush out of your shoes. I wear strapless Altra trail gaiters which attach to all Altra trail shoes. You won't notice you're wearing them.
Wear warmer tights. I've discovered Patagonia Borderless tights, which are soft, warm, not too tight (you can wear knee-high wool compression socks underneath), fast-drying, and have no annoying seams or tags. They have side pockets and a zippered back pocket.
Be flexible with your schedule. While I'm logging my weekly mileage, the most challenging part is nailing tempo paces on slick surfaces. I usually wait until the roads clear.
Also, remember that running in extreme conditions burns a ton of calories. I've added several tablespoons a day of vanilla almond butter to my diet, which I keep in the frig and eat by the spoonful. If you're dealing with a tough winter too, hang in there!