Winter brings on many challenges when it comes to running; short daylight, freezing temperatures, and dangerous ice. However all of these challenges can be overcome and running can be very enjoyable in the winter.
To help with one of the challenges each year I take an old pair of running shoes from the previous summer and create my own winter running cleats. Now of course you could go out an purchase the many makes and models like; Yaktrax, Stabilicers, NanoSpikes, ICETrekkers, etc. Or you could decide to create your own and save a little money in the process.
My personal opinion is the ones you create will work better then purchased ice cleats.
Here is the DIY.
- Purchase about 20 slotted hex washer head sheet metal screws. I usually use #6 x 3/8″ long for the toe area and #8 x 1/2″ for the rear of the shoe. The cost will most likely be only a few dollars.
- Then using a powered screwdriver screw them right into the bottom of your sole. When doing so pick the highest spot or thickest spot of the sole to insure great contact with the pavement.
- Go out and run with confidence on icy roads. When your done post some pictures letting your friends know that the weather didn’t hold you back today.
Thanks everyone and enjoy your running.