No running jacket, no heavy winter hat, no heavy gloves/mittens, today was the best day to run outside in a while. It was 34ºF which is still chilly, but a heat wave compared to frigid weather that we have had for the past couple of weeks.
It was nice to just have a couple of layers for a top and my lighter winter gear.
Also it was my second day back in my Altra Instincts 1.5’s. I have a small spot on my left calf that is tight, but otherwise no issues from me being well – me, yesterday, when I ran 10.0 miles in them. Which is against everything I know and definitely not how Altra recommends you transition to their shoes.
So what did I do as a second run – an easy 5.0 miler on a hilly and white ice-covered dirt road (for the last 1.5 miles). I focused on running lightly with more of a forefoot landing. Felt good the entire way.
Something strange happened to my GPS watch, I went through 2.0 miles and it only showed 1.07 miles. So I must have lost satellites for a while when I started. I went with the distance for a previous Middle Road Loop distance GPS total – 5.02.
I do know that the white ice down-back made me focus on picking up my foot, instead of pushing off with my toes. Every time I did the push-off I was sliding all over the place, when I lifted my foot, I was actually able to go along at a decent pace for the conditions – good training area to work on my form.
Also the Instinct’s are not all that great in snow, the bottom is a little too smooth. Definitely need the Superiors or to wear my M/T’s
Shoes: Altra Instinct 1.5
Socks: Swiftwick Black Aspire 12’s. I used them because of the slight tightness in my left calf, but that didn’t bother me at all during the run.
Top: Nike Orange Merino L/S shirt, HInd L/S blue tech shirt
Bottom: Black Nike Windpants
Outerwear: HiVis Converta Gloves, HiVis Brooks Baseball cap