Today’s plan had me going to the gym and doing 1 minute by 10-12 Fartlek repeats with 1 minute recovery between. Only one problem.
Yeah freezing rain on top of less than an inch of snow. Not something that I enjoy driving on, but strangely enough walking or running on this today wasn’t an issue.
I found that out when I took Bennie for his morning walk and I wore my old Skechers GoRun Ride 2’s while walking him. They had zero issues as long as I stayed out of the travel lanes (those were slippery, very slippery).
Sometimes you just have to trust your gut – while I have a 4WD truck and could have driven, I just felt uncomfortable about driving to Champions, so I decided to do my run down back to Goodhue Road. The Pearl Izumi N1 Trails did even better than the Skechers. I didn’t experience any slipping and had good grip the entire run. Very impressive to say the least.
Yes, during the run there was still freezing rain coming down and when I got back my jacket had nice coating of ice on it.
The footprints I left in the snow/ice, showed that toe-off very consistently, each step showed the same pattern and yes I still toe-out with my right foot. Not as bad as I used to, but still very noticeable.
The run itself was just a get it done type of run, where I didn’t make an effort to push and just ran comfortably for the conditions. There is just something about running in crappy conditions that make it a lot tougher physically and yes mentally, I get tired much more quickly in this stuff than I do otherwise (as Mike observed in a comment on my Winter Running Questions Post earlier today)
The reality is that
Sometimes you just have to listen to your intuition when it comes to where/when to run. Today I didn’t feel right about going to the gym because of the freezing rain/snow that was happening outside. Normally I don’t even think about running outside in the freezing rain – it is one of those red lights that I don’t go through, but with the snow on the bottom, it actually provided good traction for walking/running, but sucked as far driving goes.
It was really strange that the roads where I live were safer to run on, then they were to drive, that happens very rarely, but today that is how I felt about the conditions outside.
I didn’t have any issues with footing while running outside, so while I didn’t get my speed work in, I did get to enjoy, yes enjoy a nice run outside. Now tomorrow we are supposed to get back into the deep freeze and I might “have” to wander over to Champions and use the treadmill – we will see how it goes.
Who knows maybe I will even do the speed work session that I skipped today.