Become One with the Cold - Page 3
A simple, foolproof system is La Sportiva's Hobnails (www.sportiva.com), basically a set of screws that you install (tool included) into your shoe's outsole. Also, check out the tried-and-true Screw Shoe method on Matt Carpenter's website (www.skyrunner.com/screwshoe.htm), which involves screwing sheet-metal screws into your outsoles.
And the simplest of all options are the Swedish-made Icebug shoes (www.garmontusa.com/icebug.html)—winterized running shoes with cleats in the outsole lugs.
Aside from investing in some sort of shoe cleat, increase your chances of keeping the rubber side down by shortening your stride to better stay balanced over your feet. In doing so, you may also receive the benefits of increased turnover. As counter-intuitive as it may feel, stay over your feet on downhills and avoid a leaning-back, braking stride. Or else on ice you'll go down, hard. Also, relax and look ahead to anticipate obstacles.
"The key to running on snow is to pretend you are levitating and stay super light on your feet," says Karl Meltzer of Salt Lake City, Utah, winner of more 100-milers than anyone else and previous ski-resort employee. "When running downhill on a slick trail, it's important to let feet slide a little for maximum speed. Stay a little lower to the ground, and look for shoes with big knobbies."
For the ultimate in stability, consider using trekking or Nordic-walking poles, which are becoming more popular in winter—and summer.