Vanilla at Half-Fast, for instance, was collecting snow in the tread hollows of his Mizunos to build a post-race snowman. My own race was atop a thick layer of new flaky snow, which forced me cut down my strides to avoid a face-plant.
As you should all know by now, I don't do treadmills. Won't go near 'em. This winter is the first time I've tried to run despite the Northeast Ohio wintry elements. Each run has me wondering two things: 1) When did I get so stupid? 2) How can I get better grip on the runways?
The first question is probably the subject of my memoirs. The half-assed answer to the second shall now be revealed before your very eyes.
Herewith are my findings from the extensive research I have conducted during the past five minutes. From what I can tell, there are three options for the snowy runner.
One, I could buy a pair of trail-running shoes or some other sort of cleated shoe. My first instinct is, Why the hell would I want to clutter up my already cluttered apartment with yet another pair of shoes? My New Balance 767s have been resting by the side of my couch, on hiatus since the marathon. I have been breaking in the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 7s I got free for running the marathon, so those lie in the middle of my living room where I last took them off. And then there are those craptastic Asics 1120s that have been sitting in a box by the door while I put off finding a place to donate them. However, I saw a sale on New Balance trail shoes for under $40, which is a pretty choice deal. But considering the upcoming holidays I doubt I can afford shoes anytime soon -- whatever the price.
Two, after reading Jenny what's-her-face's blog at the Runners' World site, I learned about specialized overshoes for snow running. And since then, I have seen two recommendations for the Yak Trax brand from a non-running friend and from Marcy at I Signed Up For This? There are other varieties of these contraptions, but I'm too lazy to list them, but it looks like a $20-$40 investment.
Three, you know how I love cheap solutions. Another find via the RW site: make your own screw shoes. Matt Carpenter at skyrunner.com has step by step instructions for mutilating your shoes for better traction. Basically, get some short screws and screw them into the soles of your shoes. Long screws are not a good idea. This sounds like a bonehead move. I'll tell you how it turns out.
[Drunkard note: Read all the 8 on the 8th race reports at race director Nancy's blog.]