Slow Going Thru the Ice Road – 2-4-12

Ran Middle Rd Loop + Howard Circle for the first time this year.

Of course at the end of the run I forgot to completelt turn off MiCoach with its multiple step off system, but I didn’t forget to shut off my watch and it said 52:44 for the course. No all that much faster, but I will take what I can get :-).

I felt really good after running a total of 6.0 miles yesterday. Earlier in the day, I decided that I wanted to go over 30 miles this week, so I needed the extra mileage beyond what I had planned, so I don’t have to kill myself tomorrow. Besides I wanted to see how my body would react with two longer runs consecutively.

I felt really good all the way to Campbell Farm, you can see I stayed mostly in the green zone (except for a couple of hills), but when I hit Blake Road and the ice/snow – I didn’t even try to go fast, I just tried a steady pace that would get me through that area safely. Once I hit the tar again I picked it up and decided to add on Howard Circle, just to let the legs move a little faster for a little while.  Overall it was a good run, until I hit what you see in the pictures below:

The center doesn’t look too bad does it, well if you try to push off at all, your foot moves the snow and you come in direct contact with ice and start sliding around. So it was slow and tedious through this section, but I made it safely, which was the important part.  Sometimes you just have to let the conditions dictate your speed.

Nope I took it nice and slow down-back, it isn’t worth a pulled muscle or worse. Overall I felt pretty good, the right knee was not too keen about ice running, but once I got back on top, it was fine. Actually I needed the longer run today and feel really good now that it is over, plus I only have to do a couple tomorrow to go over 30 miles in a week for the first time since 2006!

Time of Run: 3:00 P.M.
Temp: 29F
Weather: Sun Winds out of NW at 10-15 mph