Remarkably, I haven't had to add an awful lot to my winter running wardrobe to survive outdoors in a Colorado winter. I had tights, long sleeved tops, gloves, I just learned how to layer them. But thanks to Tea, I did pick up one huge winter running tip: Ice Spikes. What a great, effective and inexpensive way to turn a pair of running shoes into shoes that will keep me upright on ice and snow (and snow on top of ice) without a lot of advanced gadgetry.
My Sunday long run in the ice and snow was at a far faster pace than I could have done without added support - it was slippery out there with a layer of fresh snow on top of the old frozen-melted-refrozen stuff. I'm getting better and better at identifying non-human footprints in the snow too :) Tromping around our future property last week, Jeff and I saw lots of deer and rabbit tracks, as well as some coyote poop. On my long run on the trail, I saw more deer, bunny, lots of dogs (of course), and some very clear raccoon prints (shown below).