#fitness and frugal friday: yaktrax for the snowy days

John Heinz Wildlife Refuge

Last Sunday, I woke up to this light covering of snow on the ground. It was something I had worried about; how would I handle running in the snow and ice?

When I put the question out on Facebook, Robin of Simple.Green.Organic suggested Yaktrax Pro. Made of rubber and metal coils, the Yaktrax fit around the bottom of the running shoe. I found a pair at my local running store, the Bryn Mawr Running Company, for $30 and waited for the first snowfall. And waited. And waited. Didn’t someone say this was going to be a cold, snowy winter?

Finally, snow on January 6th. Yes, an inch, but hey, it was SNOW. I drove over to the local wildlife refuge. Put on my Yaktrax and went for a 7 mile long run.

Oh, wow! Really, wow! These babies are my new best friend. The Yaktrax did pretty well with the inch of snow, even where it melted down to bare ground on my way back. They did not like the bigger rocks, not that I’m fond of them either. The wet snow did collect a bit under my left foot, though that might be my running issue and not the Yaktrax. I always have to tie that shoe differently to prevent shinsplints.

Wearing the Yaktrax made no difference in my running. I didn’t feel different, I didn’t hurt myself, and I forgot about them for the most part. If you’re serious about running outside in the winter, these are worth buying; personally, when you consider the cost of a treadmill versus buying Yaktrax, these are definitely a frugal option for winter running. Now, for deeper snow, I’ll let you know if and when that happens.

#13in2013 Update

This winter I’m focusing on strength training and increasing my mileage. I struggled a little with the strength training this week when I unexpected became a Girl Scout troop leader plus had an event every.single.evening. That’s okay; I’m not sweating it. I’ll pick up where I am.

I have 3 runs scheduled – the Winter Pickle Run series in January, February, and March. I’ve also found a half marathon to train for in the spring – the Delaware Half Marathon on May 12th. That leaves me 9 more races to sign up for. And, mileage to build up. My running mantra – RUN STRONG.

How are you doing with your fitness/health goals for 2013?

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After working in the fundraising world for over ten years, Barb is an avid runner, writer, photographer, parent volunteer, and lover of dictionaries and thesauruses. Wife to an engineer and mom to 5 kids, Barb lives in the suburbs of Philly. Her idea of relaxation is an afternoon on the couch with a stack of books.

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  1. says

    Oooh I love Run the Day. Wish I lived closer, I am having a hard time finding Jan/Feb races and I’ll never get my 13 in 13 completed if I dont get started!! I’m intrigued by those Yaktrax. I run on the road and it usually isn’t snowy for too many days. So far I haven’t missed running due to snow, but it could be difficult if we get a big snowfall.
    Jo-Lynne {Musings of a Housewife} recently posted..Fashion/Fitness Friday :: lululemon Review

    • says

      My treadmill is in our basement which isn’t exactly a warm, bright place to be, plus I’m finding I get bored staying in one spot. I’m not even happy about doing loops on a track. Maybe that’s where my 7 year old gets it from. 😉

  2. says

    I use “standard” YakTrax when the roads are bad outside for my daily walk to and from the bus to work. One of the best purchases I have ever made, and they got heavy use about two years ago.
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