Sunday, December 30, 2007
Screw the shoes!
After thinking about it for weeks, I decided not to invest in snow (shoe or spikes) gear and try the shoe screw alternative.
I prepared them this week so I could run on Adam's RTA steroid course yesterday. More on that later.
I used the 1/2 inch zinc plated sheet metal scres (#8 hex head). They worked great. In fact, I had no problem keeping up with the guys with Kahtoola Microspikes. I loved being able to run down a steep hill of deep snow, and barely slip. Uphill was fine, although I had help with lots of tracks already made (stairs).
I was worried at the feel of something different on the bottom of the shoe. I did not notice anything. I even forgot they were there.
1 - They work great
2 - They are cheap
1 - You can't take the off during the run (microspikes slip of easily)
2 - I put them on regular trail shoes, and my feet were cold and wet by the end of the run
3 - I eventually will forget about them and will walk onto my hardwood floor with them (I am that absent minded).
The run yesterday was a blast out at Richard T. Anderson. Adam made it a near impossible loop to run. It was almost more of a mountain hike than a run.
It's a good place to do hills, but almost too much. Great if you are doing hill repeats.
Luckily I have been doing hill repeats and survived, but I only did one loop. My Forerunner said 4.2 miles. It took an hour and 20 minutes. LOL
I called it a day after one loop as the group all left.
Short recap. Lots to do