#fitness and frugal friday: yaktrax for the snowy days

by Barb on January 11, 2013

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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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Xandra January 11, 2013 at 12:58 pm

I have a friend who used chains on her shoes years ago when she had a long walk to work and I’ve been thinking about trying them out for a while. Thanks for sharing your experience and review!
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Jo-Lynne {Musings of a Housewife} January 11, 2013 at 1:45 pm

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.
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Barb January 12, 2013 at 7:35 am

Don’t forget about the virtual runs. There’s a virtual run Facebook group. Plus some of the members of the #13in2013 group are hosting virtual runs.


Jo-Lynne {Musings of a Housewife} January 12, 2013 at 2:35 pm

I definitely need to do the virtual runs.
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Tabitha January 11, 2013 at 4:58 pm

I’m so impressed you go outside when snow is on the ground to go running! You’re awesome! I have yet to try running in the winter! I keep asking my hubby for a treadmill so I can run inside: ha! :) Very motivating post!
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Barb January 12, 2013 at 7:34 am

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. ;)


Becky January 11, 2013 at 9:31 pm

Happy to hear that these worked out well for you. I’ll have to look into them if I ever get myself back into running.
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Barb January 12, 2013 at 7:33 am

They’re good for walking, too if you need to get outside. I think Robin has worn them just to get around.


Carli January 11, 2013 at 11:07 pm

The YakTraps sound good but…it’ll still be cold. I just can’t take it so I stay on my treadmill. :-)

Have fun with the Girl Scout troop. I know it can be tiring but it’s rewarding.
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Barb January 12, 2013 at 7:32 am

LOL – It sure is cold. I want to find something to cover my face. Not looking forward to that!


Jill @ Fitness, Health and Happiness January 12, 2013 at 8:28 am

I”ve heard so much about yak trax this winter. I made need to invest in them.
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Soli January 12, 2013 at 9:52 am

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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