Monday, December 22, 2008
Careful what you wish for
Saturday morning, 8 degrees outside and a fresh coating of snow....I figured about 8 or 9 inches. How could I not go for a run? I left the house around 7:00 Am and I found the world pretty much undesturbed. I ran about 3/4 mile down the road to one of my favorite trails.
I found the trail running fairly tough as the fresh snow covered up every imperfection of the ground. I felt as if I hit all the uneven spots and worried a little about twisting my ankle...but I didn't.
I wore my "spring cleats" which are similar I think to Yaks, even though I have not seen a pair of Yaks, by description I think they are. They worked quite well and I didn't slip around much at all. I had no problem with them coming off my Northface Gortex trail runners like they did last year on my Nike runners.
I wore water proof sox with the trail runners and my feet didn't get wet at all. I did however have a problem with snow getting into my shoes and creating a very uncomfortable situation.....I needs some gaters.
Also I found the sox were causing hot spots and worried about blisters. Luckily I didn't really run long enough to get any. I passed two spots were deer tracks crossed the trail so I guess I wasn't first out this morning. I didn't see any deer though.
The running in soft fresh snow was quite tiring and the footing dificult. This reflects the slower pace in my second mile. By mile three I settled in much better and my pace quickened. Though only a short run, it was a fairly good workout.
I increased the value of the workout by shoveling the steps, walkway and pertinant areas before plowing. Overall a good workout but a little warmer temp would have been nice.
3.8 miles @39:52
average pace 10:29
141 av heart rate 166 max