Wednesday, February 18, 2009

The Stud

My husband is in demand by a small group of ladies in town for his "stud service" or that is what he likes to call it. The ladies are my running friends and my husband is winterizing their sneakers. 

Somehow, there has been a buzz this winter about screw shoes, which use small sheet rock screws inserted into sneaker soles to provide traction on hard packed snow and ice. All you need is a screw driver and some screws and a pair of sneakers that you will dedicate to winter running.

I usually take the winter off from running and instead cross country ski, but this season I have been running once or twice a week as I am able to sneak in a quick run while a friend watches my kiddo. My new stud shoes have a subtle grab on the roads. My running buddy says that she prefers these homemade jobs to YakTrax for running in town on a little hard pack snow. 

Here is a photo of my converted sneakers as well as instructions by runner Matt Carpenter, which were featured recently on the Runner's World web site.


Dick Mansfield said...

Great post. I linked to it on a recycled screw shoe post.

Barclay said...

Hi Heidi -
I just want to thank you for the book you wrote. I just ordered it from Amazon - I'm the mom in the photo on the cover, XC skiing with her twins. They are now 2 and we're still XC skiing with the Chariot (under duress from them sometimes!) and they're alpine skiing and doing short hikes with us. I'm so looking forward to your book and opening up more opportunities for exercising with our boys.
Congrats on a great book!

Charity said...

What a great idea! I will have to try that I am sick of the trainer!

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