Some thoughts on winter running as I've had to mix it up a bit.
* Snuck out to Bobcat Ridge in the Fort, one of my favorites, while up visiting for the Super Bowl. Some extra work in ankle-deep powder and drifts on the back, but also saw an elk herd there for the first time (for me).
* Broke my silly Colorado non-treadmill streak (almost 5 years) and total non-treadmill streak (5 or 6, not sure) last week on the coldest/icy days. To be fair (or rationalize), I did run and/or ride outside those same days to get to school (slow-speed slip on the ice during one bike ride), but wasn't as motivated to charge through the varying slop at road crossings. I don't like wasting external energy *while* I'm exercising on a treadmill, but driving a couple hours to go to the mountains also isn't planet-friendly, so hopefully nobody's gonna call me on this and other readily-apparent hypocrisies and nonsense.
* Nice to have treadmill available in our apartment workout room, but I can't get over being incredibly bored. Listened to some science podcasts in order to multi-task. I see the attraction when you want to be home and keep an eye on kids, though. I'll lean towards buying rollers for the bike though when it comes to that so I don't have to plug anything in.
* Been stretching more to keep the groin/hip/leg in check. Better than before, but not perfect. Stretching isn't making it worse, so begrudgingly it seems like a good idea for now.
* Stairs: My work building is 12 stories, but has a narrow, tight set of stairs that leave me dizzy and with a burning throat at the top. Across the way is a 9-story building, with wider concrete stairs and natural light. This has been a great option and I'm working on incorporating it semi-regularly. Takes me almost exactly a minute, slams the heart rate while keeping me honest on leg power and foot placement.
Did a bit of reading on the whole sport -- interesting sub-culture of racing with its own stars and techniques. One recent set of results has recognizable names like Ricky Gates winning and Mock in the Top 5, and Samantha Sigle for the ladies, so being good at stairs seems to correlate with other races. Is it causal, though? Who knows, but for a convenient winter workout, I'll take it!