In January this year when we were plagued with snow and my only option for running was on the treadmill in the gym, I found a possible solution to not being able to run in the snow.

Yaktrax are an attachment which goes onto your trainers and supposedly allows you to run on snow and ice!  The following is from the Yaktrax website:

‘Are you a regular jogger?  Why give up because there’s ice on the ground?  Yaktrax gives you a grip on packed ice and snow that allows you to walk and run as you would normally.’
  • ‘Yaktrax are made out of an injection moulded thermal plastic elastomer designed for easy on and off.
  • The coils are protected against rusting and hand-wound to give you 360 degrees of traction on ice and snow.
  • When you walk in the Yaktrax Walker or Pro, every step you take places hundreds of biting edges in direct contact with the ice beneath your feet.’

Last year I had found them online, but it seemed they were sold out everywhere.  So I kept them in mind.  I’m not sure how much I believe in them, but if it allows me to run outside on white snowy days (instead of on the dreadmill)…I’m up for it!!

I got the Yaktrax Pro, designed especially for ‘runners’:

‘Yaktrax Pro is similar to the Yaktrax Walker but with extra safety strap for those who do a lot of walking, running or jogging on ice and packed snow in the winter.’

So after the snow in December when I only ran about twice outside and countless times on the treadmill, when I saw them in a shop (Tiso Outdoor Experience, Glasgow) last weekend, I had to get a pair.

Where I live was clear of snow then, but snow is forecast for this weekend perhaps. So I might get a chance to use them this weekend.  😀

We will see.  It’s an 8 mile run I have planned – an out and back route, but I’m not sure where yet.  I’ll decided nearer the time and let you know how I got on with the Yaktrax in the snow!!

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