Most people around here head for the ski resorts after a few inches of fresh snow...not me. I head for the trails. Running a silent snowy trail- framed with snow-covered trees and deep blue skies- may be one of my favorite, most spiritual, experiences. It may only be 10F, but the trail awaits. Don't let cold, snow or ice keep you from what makes you feel most alive. You can be warm and safe with the right gear selection.
LaSportiva A.T. Hobnail Kit. Gift from a friend. Retails for approximately $50.
Kahtoola Microspikes. Purchased from 6pm.com for $45 + $10 coupon off & free shipping = $35 deal! Retails for approximately $60.
SEIRUS® STORMSOCK Sock. Purchased from rei.com for $28. Retails for approximately $28.
hyperlites. I was afraid the new pair wouldn't keep my foot as warm and dry as the thicker pair I've worn for so long. When I tried to pull them on over my base layer sock, I couldn't get the Stormsock to budge. I finally removed the base layer sock and just went with the Stormsock. During my 1:15 run in my soaking wet trail shoes, my feet were warm and dry. Stepping out of my wet shoe with my Stocksock still on, my foot left a wet print on the ground, but my foot still felt dry and warm (15F-20F conditions).
Get out there! No excuses.
Imagine yourself on an empty trail with just your thoughts...
...or with no thoughts at all.
Solid traction frees your mind for other things...
...like enjoying the pre-dawn full moon...
You don't have to be a trail runner or winter runner to need extra traction. Think about dusk/dawn dog walks, taking the garbage out, or shoveling snow. No more worries about black ice.
I'm off for an afternoon run in my Kahtoolas!