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violette2010-05-02 06:20:09 +0000 #1
What do you put on your feet for winter. My friend and I went running on Friday, the sidewalks were icy and we almost fell a couple of times. I just wear regular running sneakers.
tattiefritter2010-05-02 06:24:10 +0000 #2
I don't think there is a lot you can do about ice apart from avoid it. I won't run or cycle when there is ice about its too easy to really hurt yourself. However, I appreciate that I live in a country with relatively mild winters and a couple of missed days here and there doesn't amount to much.
KnottedYet2010-05-02 06:40:39 +0000 #3
I don't run or bike on ice, either. I've fallen enough, don't want to do it again.
KSH2010-05-02 07:19:04 +0000 #4
Running on ice? Heck no. No thanks.

Shoot, I won't even run outside if it's below 50F degrees.

Treadmills suck... but running when it's frozen outside and there is ice on the road... sucks even more!
Grog2010-05-02 07:34:14 +0000 #5
I don't use them, but there are a number of stabilizing and ice devices available. Check REI for a good sample:*&cat=12221603&text=1&vcat=REI_ALL_CATEGORIES:C

I run in all conditions including in the snow (it's fun but really hard and tough on your joints if it's packed hard) but I am extra careful. I wear regular running shoes but will probably throw in wool socks if it's cold (less than zero celcius). If it's wet I'll add a plastic bag around my lightest wool socks so my feet don't get cold as fast. But I'll run for a shorter time, not more than an hour, to avoid getting too cold.

You need to be mindful of joint stability and of where you're going to take your next step. I do all I can NOT to step on a clear/black ice patch. Snow is not an issue.

I'm an all-weather runner. Actually I'm mostly a foul-weather runner. When it's nice on the road, I take my road bike!!
colby2010-05-02 07:11:45 +0000 #6
I usually just wear running shoes, but a couple of days have me considering some of the traction devices. I don't mind snow, but I do mind ice

My only other probem has me considering waterproof trail running shoes -- rain/snow/puddles = wet feet. Wet feet suck. My feet sweat as it is and my socks can handle that, but they can't handle "oh crap, that puddle was deeper than I thought" (oops). I hate shoe shopping though, so I've put up with it so far. I'm not marathon training or anything, an hour won't kill me.
anakiwa2010-05-02 09:21:06 +0000 #7
There's not much that stops me from getting outside, but freezing rain/ice will.

Running in snow is fun- but you have to go more slowly and watch you don't slip.

Cold isn't a problem either as long as you're careful and wear the right clothes. (Back a couple of years ago when we had real winters, I can remember several early morning cross-country ski excursions at -20 F. You can't stop moving at that temperature, but it's really not bad if you're acclimated and have the right clothes on.)

I have a pair of Stabilicers (sort of like Yak trax but sturdier) that I wear for hiking or walking the dog. I don't think I'd want to run in them though (at least not on the roads- on a trail would probably be fine). I stick to regular running shoes- but again if it's icy (and I can't ski) I take the day off.
Dylaidan's Mom2010-05-02 09:28:26 +0000 #8
I am a complete wuss when it comes to running on the treadmill and would much prefer running outside. I actually find that it is easier to slip when walking than when running - mind you I usually go down once a year but have never hurt myself. On the other hand we don't get much freezing rain at all here in Central Alberta (Canada).

This morning I went for a run at -33 degrees Celcius (-27 degrees F) at 6am which is a couple of hours before sunrise this time of year. It was pretty chilly but not really that bad once you are warmed up. My hat, scarf, and eyelashes, hair, mitts etc. were all frosty when I got home and I kept having to scrunch my eyes closed to melt the frost that was building up on my lashes - they were starting close on me.

Last month, my running buddy and I went out when the windchill was -42 degrees Celcius (-44 degrees F - yes 44 degrees below freezing) and the only real problem was that my eyeballs kept getting cold

They were the only element exposed to the wind because your glasses fog up too fast when you are wearing a face mask. My eyes felt dry for the following two days - lots of drops.

I have this scary looking mask that covers everything my hat doesn't cover except my eyes - it has breathing holes for your nose and mouth and is quite toasty.

I'm not completely crazy - I just hate the treadmill and I have to admit I feel extra Canadian after those chilly runs.

I end up feeling extra powerful, tough and determined by the time I get home. The negative is that if you hurt yourself you have to run anyways because you never have enough clothes with you to walk home without freezing - My solution is to run with somebody when possible and bring the cell phone so DH could be there to pick me up in the van in under 10 minutes.



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