Day 116: 6km in the slush, black ice and snow. Upside: it’s above zero.

Calgary Slush Snow Ice While RunningTonights blog post is going to be fairly short, like my fuse today. I was slated to run 8km tonight, but there was no way that was going to happen for a few reasons: (1) some Calgarians apparently don’t think the “clean your own sidewalk” bylaw applies to them, (2) black ice, (3) slush/snow, (4) wet socks and (5) my lungs felt like they were going to collapse.

(1) FYI: Who is responsible for clearing snow and ice from Calgary sidewalks? Under Street Bylaw 20M88, the owner or occupant of any private property adjacent to a sidewalk is deemed responsible for the removal of ice and snow from that portion of the sidewalk within 24 hours after the ice or snow has been deposited. So please, fellow neighbours, don’t be lazy! It’s fine and dandy for someone who has the ability to jump into the snowbank to avoid the mess on your part of the sidewalk, but for others with less mobility (e.g.: seniors using scooters, wheelchairs, walkers, canes WHATEVER!) cannot do the same. Be courteous! 

(2) There was black ice under loose, wet snow. I almost fell at least once every 100m or so. It was awful.

(3) Slush/snow was a fricking disaster – it was everywhere! There was hardly any bare sidewalk, except for about 400 m near the end of my run. Lot of help that was! I was soaked within the first few minutes of my run. This is what happens when you get hammered with snow (30 cm) and the temperature stays at -17 for a few days and then warms up to +12 in one day! It makes for a complete mess. I feel for anyone who had to walk/roll to work today.

(4) Do I really need to explain why wet socks are annoying?

(5) And despite the temperature being well above zero and relatively “easier” to breathe, I was having some issues as I’m still kind of congested from my bout with Flu last week.

I refuse to run in this slop, so it looks like I am heading for the DREADmill tomorrow. Gah.

At any rate, here are tonights stats.runkeeper kat macaulay half marathon

  • Distance: 6.1 km (RunKeeper stopped after the first 300m and started again)
  • Time: 40:29 (plus 1:30?)
  • Pace: 6:57
  • Best Pace: 4:47

8 thoughts on “Day 116: 6km in the slush, black ice and snow. Upside: it’s above zero.

  1. Have you ever tried the grippy things you can put on your shoes? It helps a lot when there is black ice. I use them quite a bit and (knock-on-wood) I have never fallen. This won’t help with your wet sock problem, but it should help you stay on your feet. 🙂

    • Hi Liz! Thanks for taking the time to comment 🙂 A few people have suggested them. I can’t seem to get my act together enough to go get them. Do you find it changes your stride or pace? I’m clumsy as it is, so I guess I’m dragging my heels because I’m worried of the effect… anyway, after the black ice last night I am willing to try them! Thanks again for checking the blog out. Hope you’ll stop by again!

      • I don’t find it changes my stride at all (but I don’t generally drag my feet). If you normally drag your feet a bit when you run, you might have a hard time adjusting. I find if it’s slippy out and I don’t have them it affects everything: my stride, my pace and mostly my confidence. Get your butt to the Running Room (or similar store) and get some grippies!

        Happy running!

        Liz

      • I know, right?! I just need to get it on my “to Do” list… 🙂

      • They’re great, the only thing that grabs me is that the sound of walking on them is akin to nails and chalkboards for me…..that is, when you hit clear pavement or stones…..otherwise, they’re AOK.

  2. Great Blog. A very inspiring journey. 🙂

  3. Best wishes!Your blog is very good

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