Sunbeam, you make very good observations, as this winter has been particularly cruel to distance runners. Yes, chronic icy surfaces force short, guarded steps — or we'll all be breaking our necks.
Here in the Boston area, we're fortunate to have several indoor running tracks to offset Mother Nature's worst. Swimming once a week at the local Y can also be very beneficial. And I am always an advocate of periodic massage therapy — especially at this time of the year — to address any trigger points that begin to impair gait.
You mention hillwork. Can you elaborate? I've always found gentle / fluid downhill repetitions to be a marvelous way to open up hips and stride length. (very important to NOT heel-strike when doing this workout) Love to hear your thoughts.
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