Saturday, November 22, 2008

Winter-proofing my Running Shoes

Ice is back on the roads and sidewalks. I hate ice. But there IS ice (and snow) on the ground and I DO have a 10k race tomorrow. Desperate times call for desperate measures so I decided to use a technique I've read about on a few web sites.

WARNING: If your shoe has the words GEL or AIR in their name, be VERY careful where you place the screws.

I've inserted a number of hex head metal screws in the sole of my shoes. I tried them on the sidewalk in front of my house (well, my neighbour's since MY sidewalk is scraped clean!) and traction was vastly improved. Running on regular surface was a bit noisy but seemed to be fine.

So tomorrow morning, if the race officials tell us that there is ice on the course, I will wear my studded shoes.


Jamie said...

Damn. That is hardcore JD. Have you ever tried YakTraks? I've never used 'em, but it sounds like it does the same thing without ruining a pair or shoes.

JD said...

Jamie, I saw the YakTraks at the store but they look clunky. The screws cost me close to nothing and if they fall off, I just screw new ones in. In the Spring, I'll remove them and the shoes are fine.