We had an ice storm Monday night. It was pretty crazy. It consisted of rain, freezing rain, hail, and sleet. Power went out in our county and several others. Quite an adventure! I’ve decided that it only storms on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday evenings because I run on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday mornings. I know this isn’t true, but it seems like for the last several weeks, I’ve gotten up for my run and had an interesting time figuring out how to maneuver through my run that day 😉
However, Tuesday morning, I was prepared. I knew Monday night that by 6:30am on Tuesday, the roads would likely be caked in ice. I also knew that I wouldn’t want to drive my car to the gym on that ice. Therefore, I determined that I would run outside the next morning no matter what. Thankfully, I own a pair of yaktraks. They are actually designed for walking instead of running though. I got them several years ago when there was only one style preference. I believe they now have Yaktrak pros for running, and they’re a lot lighter. Anyway, I had my yaktraks, and I knew they would be perfect to use on the ice! I typically don’t like to use them in snow because the spikes cut right through it and make for a hard landing on pavement. Ice though they can’t cut all the way through, they just dig in enough to provide the perfect amount of traction!
I like them because they slide right over whatever shoe you are wearing, and they are easy to take off mid-run if you decide you don’t need them after all.
So, Tuesday morning at 6:30am, I pulled my yaktraks on and headed out the door. I decided to stick to the neighborhood roads because I knew they wouldn’t be very crowded with cars (schools were delayed). I had to do a workout that morning. Not a very hard one, but one that I needed a hill for, and then a flat section. Our neighborhood is quite hilly, so it worked out very well. I had perfect traction the entire run-didn’t slip once! I felt invincible! I passed one girl walking her dog, or more sliding along side her dog! She did a triple-take when she saw me trotting by with ease! I almost laughed out loud when I saw the look she gave me. I think she was trying to figure out how in the world I wasn’t slipping! Let me tell you, if you have seen people give you weird looks while you’re running after a snow storm, try running after an ice storm and watch pedestrian’s reactions It’s pretty amusing!
Anyway, it ended up being a very successful, and rather enjoyable run! I only did 6 miles because it was a short workout, and it is a little more difficult running with the yaktraks so I didn’t want to over-do it. Overall I was a lot happier than if I had tried to do the run at my gym!
Have you readers had any funny stories about running adventures this winter? What gear has gotten you through some tough winter runs? I’d love to hear your experiences!