Great workout running on snowshoes - plenty of brands now make good running/racing versions. Best done when no one is around to watch, as they do force somewhat of an awkward gait and the sense of having finished a good workout decreases dramatically when you are being pointed at and the pointers are giggling as you come back into the parking area.
However, I do understand there are some things that some people just won't do.
I highly recommend Atlas Run snowshoes.
great for running and rugged enough for terrain and O.
It does seem a little curious that I haven't pursued getting some snowshoes for running in conditions like this. I just haven't thought about it that much, and I suppose that's because nearly all the time it's binary: either there is very little or no snow to deal with, or there is lots of snow and we are skiing and the snow bikers are out in force (and the snow bikers, with those wide tyres, quickly create trails almost idea for running on), with only a small amount of time like now--where there is lots of snow but no grooming yet and for some reason the snow bikers are huddled inside playing video games or whatever nonsense it is they are doing instead of getting outside and rolling down the trail. Next thing you know, they'll be taking up golf or something similar, at this rate. ; )
Racing snowshoes are a weird thing. I believe they have a minimum size that they conform to. For fairness, racing really needs to happen on packed snow. And once it's packed, you don't really need flotation, so the smaller the better, and you'd probably be fastest in just spiked shoes.
I have a bunch of pairs of snowshoes, three or four different sizes, but none as small as racing snowshoes. The finest pair are about four feet long, made of wood and leather. When conditions call for them, it's truly a special day.
what i enjoy the most about snowshoeing is breaking trail in powder through the terrain and orienteering.https://flic.kr/p/iAEgPq
If El Presidente comes out on top again next week, maybe a good many of us will develop a sudden enthusiasm for breaking trail, and will strap on snowshoes and head north for the border and beg to be let in.
We use snowshoes whenever we have a lot of snow. Just head off through the woods, across the marshes, don't particularly look for trails.
Remember you have lifetime Hon-Can status!
When I show up at the border, I will use you as my reference!