There are signs of spring with sunshine and warmer temperatures. Birdsong and melting snow. The trails in the forest are covered with a thick layer of ice, without spiked shoes it’s almost impossible to run without slipping. However this is a perfect time to explore off-trail running, which will enable you to run and avoid the ice. It can offer a tough workout if the snow is deep and wet sure, but it’s really good training and lots of fun. I normally use the inov-8 gaiters to avoid snow entering the shoes. For better grip in loose snow I would trail recommend shoes with longer studs, like Inov-8 OROC 350, Inov-8 OROC 280, Icebug Spirit or Icebug Celeritas.
Off-trail running in snow offers lots of freedom and many opportunities for play. Running for fun, not so serious. It will also make you aware of your running technique. Climbing steep hills in deep snow can bring you to new places, maybe a sunny spot with a view. Perfect for a glass of wine. Things to pack in the running backpack: small bottle of red wine, wine opener, plastic cups, a blanket, plastic bag (to use under the blanket if it’s wet), extra sweaters, cheese, chocolate. This experience will be much more pleasurable with dry feet, so make sure to bring those gaiters.
If you worry that you will get lost, try running in small circles so you always find your way back. And of course it will be much funnier if you bring a friend, so you can laugh at eachother falling.
Take care & have fun!