By Bill Johnson
On sultry days last summer, when the heat and humidity ran roughshod over my pace and resolve, I would recall that clear, crisp winter morning when near-zero cold made the trees pop around me in chorus with the crunch of the pristine, packed snow under my feet. The trail, which had been cut just hours earlier by snowmobilers, wound through the state forest just a mile from my house. With the snowmobiles long gone, the silence, deep snow and frigid temperature suggested a remoteness that was exhilarating, and almost magical. With the return of winter comes the chance to again experience the euphoria that can come with taking on all the season has to offer. Outdoor exercise can be challenging in any season, but winter can make it especially difficult to summon up the courage to take that first step out the door. But determination, proper planning and the right gear can keep Mother Nature from stopping you cold.
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