Yes, snow running is here. Unlike last year,
just got dumped with about a foot of snow so far, and there hasn’t been the usual warm up to 45 degrees for a day or two, so the streets remain snowy and icy, and sidewalks remain unclear. Michigan
And here’s what I want to add”
I bought a pair of traction aids on Black Friday when I dipped into Running Fit just by chance since I was next door at Olgas. I’ve heard people recommend them, but was skeptical, both of if they worked or not and if I would even use them the way snow has been noticeably absent from our winters.. The running fit dude recommended ‘duenorth' brand rather than yaktrax since they were a bit more natural, flush to the ground, and with less interruption to your gait. I bought them and kept them in their package, in the bag with the receipt ready to return as needed. But the snow came, and now the cleats are suctioned onto my second pair of shoes in a way that reminds me of how Alien used to suction onto someones face, so I suspect they will never be coming off.
And they work.
I couldn’t make myself slip, running on ice and packed snow and packed-ice covered snow, all of it. The strange thing was, I avoided the clear cement, since it made them go clippity cloppity. And I have to believe too much straight cement will wear down the cleats and widdle them to nothing.
My first run in them was a late-night run under a clear sky, where the blue glow of a nearly full moon reflected off the snow tops. Something you just don’t get from the basement treadmill. Not to mention all the fresh air smacking my face.
For longer runs, I still find it takes a lot of work to find a way to put in the high mileage in the ice and snow, and my ankles would jar side to side until they would surely snap. So I still did my 14 miler on the treadmill watching the movie Looper (both the run and the movie were good).
Yes, the treadmill frees up many options to train, but treadmill running feels more like 'training' and not pure running. The cleats free up options to run outside as I'm supposed to.
Can't wait until next year at this same time, when I can write this same exact post, throw up a few different pictures (maybe of my hairy, more santa-claus shaped, I love Pizza and chocolate, abs) and call it new.