I didn’t feel like doing an out and back from the house, I am sick and tired of the treadmill and the snowmobile trails are just a bit too icy to run safely on without wearing a traction device. So I decided to go into Waterville and run from Colby and then come back up Mayflower Hill at the end. Kind of a sick way to end a run, but hey, I have to get used to hills.
This was supposed to be a slow recovery run, especially after the past couple of days. Plus it is still a bit chilly at 22F with a 10 mph breeze for a few sections of the course.
The footing on the side of the road (where I spent most of my time – to avoid playing chicken with the traffic) was dirt covered ice, which meant that I really couldn’t get going all that fast even if I had wanted to. The primary roads were just okay, but secondary roads were really not very much fun to run on.
I had to really pay attention, so I wouldn’t land on my butt. Plus in some spots the ice was melting creating slush and puddles, so there was a film of water in many places to make it interesting (slippery and wet = cold feet) and coming up Mayflower Hill at the end of the run, just kicked my butt.
This is actually a nice course that has some challenging sections, but usually a lot of flat or rolling hills and a course that I can usually just put it in neutral and run comfortably.
The P/I EM/N2 Roads did better than I thought they would. However, the tread is still a little smooth for winter running in anything that you need some extra grip. They felt good and I can’t wait to get them out on the roads when there isn’t any ice or crap to worry about.
A nice run, that forced me to run slower than I normally would, so I guess it was a good thing. I still tend to run a little too fast on my recovery run days.