In hindsight, I should have gone to the gym instead of running outdoors this evening. The ground was a pure sheet of ice and it was around -15 (or at least felt like that). I almost fell countless times, but only by the grace of God I didn’t. I had my arms out like an airplane more times than I could count and lost my footing on many occasions. At one point, I was coming around a turn and I felt literally parallel with the ground. Honestly. When I started out, the driveway itself should have been an indication that I should have just turned around, hopped in the truck and flew over to the gym. However, being stubborn I decided I’d keep going because it was actually a beautiful night out. As I was leaving my neighbour yelled ahead, “You be careful!” In some areas there was no ice, but most of the sidewalks were snow/ice covered and the roads were just as treacherous. I was thinking the whole time, “I need to get those creeper things from MEC…I wish I had gotten those damn creeper things from MEC.” So I will be stopping by MEC soon.
At any rate, my pace was almost a minute behind where it has been for a three mile run but there were times this evening when I literally slowed down to nothing in order to manoeuvre around ice, snow, puddles, men that walk their dogs on the only clear spot of sidewalk – the middle- and refuse to give any leeway and force a gal out onto the icy roads, etc. etc. etc. I have to say though, the slow pace felt pretty awesome and despite my body being completely tense (and a toe that decided to spasm the last 1.5 km) I really enjoyed myself. I was hoping that if the weather got warmer the sidewalks would clear and outdoor running wouldn’t be terrifying, but it looks like this weather will continue for another few days. But despite this weather, I am super pumped because my wedgie is going to run with me tomorrow night! YAHOO!
- Distance: 4.84km
- Time: 32:44
- Pace: 6:45
- Best pace: 4:49