Having slipped over on the ice and smashed my face in, I felt it was time I bought some proper walking boots, especially now the weather's taken a turn for the worse.
Rebecca didn't know what to get me for Christmas, so I aked her to pay for my boots instead. It's not a surprise, but it's better than deodorant and the usual assorted bathroom crap you get for Crimbo.
No doubt you've all heard that the UK has ground to a halt under a light sprinkling of snow and ice? Honestly, it's embarassing that a country with such a grand legacy can fall foul of mild weather while other countries are fitting winter tyres on their cars well in advance of the cold front.
Fortunately the roads where I live had been thoroughly gritted, but that doesn't stop people driving at 5 mph in fear of skidding wildly out of control and exploding in a huge ball of festive Christmas flame.
So anyway, back to my walking boots. I bought myself a pair of the cheaper Hi-Tec boots having read a guide to the top 5 walking boots
. I'm not a hardcore hiker, so something that just offers good grip will suffice.
None of my trail running shoes were really up to the task, which was surprising, because I thought they would be. But it seems you need the chunky treads of a good pair of walking boots to get you safely through the snow and ice. Some of these walking boots
cost more than £140! That's a bit excessive for me, but I'm sure there are people out there that need the higher levels of performance for trekking up snowdon in double time. Or they've just got more money than sense. More money than me at least.
But the chunky treads on my walking boots have made me think about what I'm running in for off-road races. I'm tempted to try a pair of outdoor trainers with thicker treads for the upcoming Merrell Iceman race. If I can get more grip than the other guys in their regular trail running shoes, I'll have no trouble getting up the steep slopes.