|My route shown in red... Glen Lake Road to Lake George beach (4.25 miles one way)|
No motorized vehicles are allowed on the bike path, so I would be safe from traffic. There is no lighting along the path, but my headlamp could be used while running. The unknown question was... would the MICROspikes work for a trail run? I suspected they would so I donned my headlamp, trail running shoes and MICROspikes and set off.
|Here's a different view from Google Earth|
I parked where the bike path crosses Glen Lake Road in Queensbury. I had intended to do a 2.5 mile down and back for a 5 mile round trip. When I reached my intended turnaround (where the bike path crosses Bloody Pond Road), things felt great, so I decided to continue on the additional 1.5 miles to the southern shore of Lake George. Lake George is the northern terminus of the bike path. As I reached the lake and turned around, I began to feel pressure on the outside of the ball of my left foot. The MICROspikes were working great, but the trail running shoes apparently didn't have enough sole and side support to prevent the chains of the MICROspikes from applying added pressure to my foot.
Also just after I started back, a snow squall kicked in and the wind was whipping the snow around. By the time I made it back to the car, my sneakers had gotten somewhat wet, and I had the beginnings of a blister on the left foot. The right foot was tender, but no blister. I had managed to trail run 8.5 miles in the MICROspikes. They are light enough that I didn't feel any extra weight on my feet. They worked well and gave me the traction I needed. I just need to protect my foot from the added pressure of the chains. Next time I take the MICROspikes out for a trail run, I will try running with my Merrell Moab low trail hikers and see if they provide more protection for my foot. The vibram sole and a bit more of a sidewall may be all that I need.
I must say I'm a big fan of Micro Spikes. They are easy to put on and remove. I've used them with great success on most hiking trips. They provide great traction for low angle hiking. As you get to more difficult terrain, crampons and ice axes take over, but the spikes can suffice for most terrain. 8.5 miles and 560 vertical feet added to my 2012 challenge!