Monday, February 14, 2011

02/13/11: Ice Ice Baby

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'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." was 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 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......

....briefly. :-)

Not the best overall pace, but still not too shabby for spending 2/3 of the time walking and shuffling.


C2Iowa said...

Very very nice. I wish that I could venture out. Just not stable enough on the knee yet. Like the second pic! Nice work.

Nej said...

Yeah, venturing out on the ice, with the knee....not worth it. My knees are good, and I was worried about tweaking mine. Can't complain though, this warmer weather is good for the soul if nothing else. :-)

Heidi said...

I looks SO cold there. Guess I should stop complaining as we have had pretty much NO snow and very little ice. Just lots of rain ;(.

Good job getting out there.

Nej said...

@ Heidi - I think it was in the mid 20's while I was it felt like a heat wave!!!! I had a lightweight tshirt and my lightweight running jacket on, and was overly warm. :-)

Fran said...

Time doesn't matter for this run. What matters is that you finally were able to run outside again!

Bring on those running shorts!

Nej said...

@ Fran - exactly!!!!!!

Anna P said...

that picture makes me cringe!! I think I would have cried and then left =) Kudos to you for stickin' it out!

Nej said...

@ Anna - I stood at the beginning of the trail and cringed for a little while before finally heading out. :-)

Faith Ann said...

I'm glad you're feeling better and able to get running again!!

It's hard to have a good pace in the winter, running on snow/ice uses soooo much more energy because you lose ground with each step and have to be so much more cautious.

Our city running trails aren't cleared in the winter, so we're stuck with icy sidewalks or side streets (or treadmills). Not fun. I cannot wait for spring!!

Fran said...

There was no lettuce in both salads. I buy my salads at work and they have different ones every day. Both salads had different ingredients. I don't think the problem is what kind of salad it is but the problem is that the vegetables are raw.

Nej said...

@ Fran - I can see how raw veggies would be harder to digest. I hope you're able to figure it out!!!

Nej said...

@ Faith Ann - by the looks of it, someone works at getting the trails cleared, at least of the bigger drifts and such. I'd rather run on the snow than ice though. :-)