Tuesday, December 28, 2010
For details about the whole "screw shoe" procedure, see Matt Carpenter's web page. The picture at the top of this post is from his page. At only pennies a piece, screws are a very economical way to make it through icy winter runs. Who needs fancy (expensive & heavy) Stabilicers, Icespikes, Icebugs, Yaktrax, Microspikes, or Hobnails? Go with the screw shoe instead!
Even with extra traction on your shoes, running on ice and snow can still be slippery. It's a great situation to improve your running technique. Stay balanced over your center of gravity, take short strides, don't push off, and keep those knees bent. When you feel yourself slipping, concentrate on improving your running form.
PS: Don't try this on your bare feet! For some conditions, you just need shoes.
NOTE: For Janak and others reading this post thinking this is something new, it's not. Carpenter and others have done it for years and I've used this technique for about 4-5 years myself. It's worked well.