|A runner's version of Clue: Brooks, with the screwdriver, in the living room.|
For my cold weather runners, this one's for you. It's that time of year, where it takes three layers just to get outside for a short run. A time where we sport sunglasses on a cloudy day just to keep that witty woman, Mother Nature, from spitting snowflakes in our eyes. I'm sure you've seen some of my fun powder runs (I wish I was referring to skiing) on Instagram. A time where our runs become a slow, cautious, trot through snow and ice just so we don't fall flat on our face or cause injury.
It's time to screw
For a whopping $3.78, it's time to show winter who's boss. Let your pace stay the same and your face remain unscathed by adding some hex screws into an old pair of kicks.
-Old shoes: not too old because you're still going to put some miles on them.
-Hex head screws: you can get these at your local hardware store, I bought mine at Home Depot. Recommended sizes: #8 1/2" or #8 3/8". For my shoes, I went with the #8 3/8" and three 12-packs for $1.18/pack.
-Screwdriver (or if you're lucky, an electric screwdriver)
-Also recommended: a beer, football, or trashy TV to entertain you while you go to town (I chose trashy TV, i.e. anything on BRAVO).
|The head of the screw is what gives you traction.|
|Now these puppies are mountain ready.|
Well, there you have it.
Screw shoes in a nutshell.
Sure beats spending $40, on a pair of YakTrax.
For a more in depth tutorial on screw shoes, here is a great post by Matt Carpenter.
ARE YOU A COLD WEATHER RUNNER?
DO YOU USE SCREW SHOES OR YAKTRAX? REVIEWS/THOUGHTS ON EITHER?