Today I spent time in the driveway with a broom, sweeping off the snow on top of Mary’s Subaru. Though the snow continued to drift down, I managed to get in a two-mile run, thanks to a special pair of shoes designed for just such a purpose.
The shoes are special running shows with plastic cleats, like golf spikes, on the bottoms. They may not look that stylish, with their gaudy orange laces, but they sure did do the trick. The Ice Bug Zeal spiked running shoes are fantastic in the snow and ice. I was a bit afraid that the spikes would make my legs vibrate, but if you stick mostly to covered white areas, there is nothing like that.
Running is such an easy way to get my required exercise–and the alternative in the winter is to drive to the gym and take twice as long. So I’m glad I have these shoes that tell me to buck it up, you can do it, and get out there and run.
Now that I’ve solved the footwear problem in snow, I’ve still got one problem left. That is that my iPhone continually conks out when I’m running in any weather below 30 degrees. It seems to do ok in the pocket, as I listen to my podcasts using Blue Tooth headphones, but when I take it out for a quick photo like I did for the photo above, it suddenly dies.
I am thinking of getting one of those battery powered handwarmers, because my podcasts are the fuel that keeps me running. Between “What You Missed in History Class,” Marc Maron’s WTF, and the wonderful podcasts by Malcolm Gladwell, I can’t survive a run without my sonic companions.
Anyone with advice about a product like this, please leave a comment.