Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Kains Woods Trail January 14th

The Thames River running fast and cold

But it does create some interesting pictures
Thanks LuLu

Monday, January 8, 2018

A Winter Wonderland is just off of Wonderland!

Medway Trail January 6th
Soft and Fluffy Snow Covered Trails

Temperature was -18C /-25C wind chill

Siri is a snow dog for sure

It was so quite on the trails we heard numerous wood peckers in the tree's and with all the white snow were easy to spot.
Thanks to all the regular trail runners coming out and making the newbies feel welcome.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

2018 a New Year of Great Trail Running

Winding up 2017
December 30th  -18C with wind chills in the -20's

Avoiding the shopping malls.
December 23rd a balmy -10C

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

CBC Radio One London Morning Show

CBC Radio 1 London Morning Show had a a portion of there show to talk about Komoka Trails and how attendance is way off since they introduced the money grab of 'pay to park'.
Read all about it by clicking on this link.
Please leave a comment at the end of the story.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Screw Shoes for Winter Trail Running

This is how Nancy R. does it

This is how I do it

Thinking of hibernating because you don’t like the idea of running on ice and snow?
Have you purchased Yak Tracks and seem to lose one every year on the trail?
Let me introduce you to Screw Shoes.
For under $10 bucks you will have enough screws to do yours, and numerous friends after you tell them how great it works.
To make a pair of screw shoes, you need to get a package of 3/8” or 1/2″ x # 8 hex head self taping screws.  These will be available at a Home Hardware, Home Depot, Lowes or your local hardware store.
Next get a socket to fit the end of the hex head screw, a cordless drill, and of course a pair of trail running shoes.
Decide where you want the screws. Don’t place them too close to the edges or in the grooves of the shoe. For best traction the lugs on the heel and the ball of the foot areas of the tread should be your prime target area. There is no set number of screws that should be used, so you can do some test runs to see what works best for you.
If you have a reasonable amount of tread left on your shoes, you shouldn’t have to worry about screw penetration, but make sure to check before you go running in them.
Place the screws in sufficient numbers to cover the ball of the foot area and heel, and anywhere else you like.  Note the random pattern in the photo.
The great thing about the screw shoe is if you lose a few screws , you just screw some more back in,  In the spring you simply unscrew them and you are back on the roads and trails again, no worse for wear.
Do not wear them in doors, as they will ruin the finish on hard wood floors or other surfaces, and you will think you are wearing ice skates if you wear them on ceramic tile.
You do not  want to wear them while driving, as you may find that the screw heads do not slide off the gas pedal when going for the break, and that tiny bit of delay could be a cause of an accident.
Just saying!!

Monday, November 20, 2017

How to tie the Swiss Knot a trail runners 'go to' shoe knot

With winter coming on and shoe laces will get frozen and will not come undone, or they just will not stayed tied.
This is the only knot you will use after you try it out on your trail shoes.

Please!!! Some one tell me to just shut up and run!

The only time I ever get injured (other than the time Doris tripped me and I broke my ribs) is when I talk to other runners on the trail while running.
So this past Saturday we had the pleasure of 6 new runners who came out to be a soiled sport, for the first time.
With just over a kilometer in on the run, I was chatting to one of the newbies and on what was a not very technical or rough part of the trail, I managed to roll my ankle.
I walked it off a bit then commenced to finish the run.
(besides one of our group is a Doctor at the Fowler Kennedy Sports Injury Clinic, granted he would have finished the run and been half way home by the time I finish.)
So, everything was not so bad, till I took the shoe off.
It just started to swell and then started to get colourful.
A did as our trail group swears by for all injuries, put a cold beer against it and when it is empty, just repeat till the swelling goes down or the six pack is gone.
So, when I get back to running, and you see my lips moving, tell me to shut up and just run.
***Update since I posted this earlier in the week, after my toes started to go black and blue as well, I decided to seek medical help. And after X-rays have found I actually broken a tip off a bone in my ankle area. So there goes my hopes of a medal in the winter Olympics.