This is a reprise of a post from last December. The slippery weather up here in Minneapolis has made it just as relevant today. I've probably gotten more comments about the screws in the shoes than anything else I've written. Here it is:
Couple cold weather, slippery paths, darkness and no race looming and
you may just decide to skip that run. I'm here to say don't do it!
This article will help you prepare for those snowy/icy slippery paths or
I offer suggestions for 3 different levels of slipperyness and snow
cover. If the paths are generally clear or have a thin layer of snow
but you may encounter an occasional visible slick spot I suggest running
in a pair of shoes designed for trail running. These shoes often have a
deeper tread and some measure of water resistance which helps keep toes
dry and warm. The deeper tread provides better grip in loose snow than
your typical road shoes.The solution for the next level is a little screwy (sorry but sometimes I can't resist a pun, good or otherwise)
The 3rd level is for complete ice with or without some snow cover. It's a commercial solution and will cost you about $30.
One caution with the Yaktrax - they do change the pressure points on your feet so you may experience some foot fatigue or blisters. Get your feet used to them on shorter runs will help prevent blisters/foot issues.