Sunday morning, I grabbed my screw shoes and headed out for a run.
Any other time, this run would be pretty unexciting....but today, it was nuts.
After all the snow and ice we received in the last month or so.....it's been in the 50's this weekend...and they are forecasting 60's for this coming week.
60's!! That's shorts and tank top weather!
Anyway.....instead of running inside at the gym, I decided to run around the lake behind the gym.
I've been sick and out of town so much lately, that I'm having to start my half marathon training plan over again. So my "long" run this weekend was only 5 miles.
But, it's a good thing it was only 5 miles, or I'd still be out there running.
With warmer weather comes melting snow.
With melting snow, comes ice. The trail around the lake was probably 99.98% covered in the stuff.
Black ice, white ice, thick ice, and plenty of that "thin layer over 2-3 inches of water" ice.
My 5 mile run was more of a 5 mile "walk, shuffle, slip and slide...with occasional bouts of running."
But...it was OUTSIDE...so I can't complain too much. My overall pace wasn't so hot....but it was a good solid cardio AND core workout. :-)
I took a picture of this stretch because it had all the above listed types of ice. It started and ended with the slickest black ice ever....there was some of that crunchy white ice.....and then in the middle, a thin layer of ice over about 5 inches of really, really, really cold water.
Most people had been running in the snow along the path instead of on it.....it was an ankle twister waiting to happen.
Every once and while, part of the trail would be gloriously ice free, and I could actually run up to pace......
Not the best overall pace, but still not too shabby for spending 2/3 of the time walking and shuffling.