I ran track intervals on Tuesday. I've been running track intervals for the last 12 or 13 weeks. I felt a great desire to impress Jill with my speed so I hunkered down to launch fire from my feet. About 600 meters into 1600 meter interval, I did a Mary Lou Retton split! So I start turning to the straight away and my front leg gives out and I'm sliding into first. I got up and finished, ... then progressively slower than I wanted to.
Because the whole city is cold and dry, and the track I run on had about a quarter-inch of powdery snow on it (and a bunch of cratered frozen footprints and potholes), I assumed that my regular running shoes would be fine as usual.
I went online and ordered some yaktrax but they still haven't given me a shipping date ... so I went to my local Canadian Tire store (Garmin says: 2.42 km from my front door) and picked up a pack of XL Gripons.
I went running on them today for a little fun, but needed to tear through some snow-covered fields to see them work ... they were sort of annoying on the dry road. They worked pretty well and I could see how the initial position I had placed them in on my shoe altered a bit in the way I regularly struck my foot on the ground over time.
The rubber is not reinforced, and I can see it catastrophically ripping apart while I'm turning on the track - but so what! They only cost me $12 CDN ($12.04 US) at the store. Made in Taiwan, with some Chinglish instructions "She should purchase the next larger size for use on the ski boots". I plan to pocket them for my warmup and cooldown and only put them on at the track. Maybe they'll last a bit longer.
Tomorrow I run part of my training as the FYTO Virtual 5k.
I've even put together a race bib for myself (please excuse my presumptuousness - but I was first to register from Mississauga!)