This is my 3rd winter in Rochester. The first winter I did most of my running on roads or at the gym, and if it was too cold, or snow I wouldn’t bother at all. Last winter I went out in much colder weather, but if it was snowy I normally ended up either on the treadmill or at Cobbs Hill running around in circles on the well cleared roads.
This winter I haven’t run on a treadmill once despite it being the snowiest December in at least 100 years. I’ve also ventured out on some of the trails in the packed snow. I’ve let myself run a bit slower and enjoy the peace of empty stretches of trails through the snow. I don’t know why I was so hesitant to get off the roads in the winter, but I’ve really come to enjoy it this year.