Be careful out there as it is treacherous in the North East USA at the moment.
I went out for a run and fell over because I was continually transitioning from sidewalks (pavements) to the roadway. The remaining ice from the storm seems to mainly be in those areas and if you try to change direction on it… You’ll go over.
I think it is better to stick with being on the roads at this point. Be sure to choose roads that have been cleaned and that offer enough space for cars to easily pass you.
Wear bright (non-White) clothing and flashing lights.
Another problem I had with the sidewalks was that I would run down a stretch that had been cleared only to find it dead-ends at a snow bank where the person’s neighbour hadn’t cleared their path. This left me to dive through several three foot deep drifts of snow to get back to the road. Grr.
Other advice: look for cleared trails and try to run then when the temp is above freezing to avoid ice patches. Most townships do these last so you may have to miss a run if you don’t want to be on the road.
It was chilly again this morning as the temperatures plummeted to 12F. So I wrapped up in warm clothes as I headed out the door for my morning run.
It was 5:45 am and the sky was a clear blue which illuminated the world well with reflections off the snow.
The roads I ran on we’re all clear of any ice (good job Township) and there were few cars out. The trip out was uneventful and enjoyable.
I turned around at the three mile mark and found that I had been running with the wind. Suddenly it felt much colder. The ear warmers went back on and I pulled up my neck gaiter which was frozen against my chin.
At mile 5.5 I realised I couldn’t feel my butt any more. A quick poke and it was confirmed. My butt was frozen. What! That’s a new one for me. It was an odd sensation and as I sit at home thawing it out I wonder if it will have any repercussions. Hopefully not.
6.5 miles run at 8:18 pace. I’m not sure why I was slower this morning as it didn’t feel slower. Perhaps that’s why my butt froze?
I was out early because I have a couple of phone interviews this morning. I’m hoping that things are starting to move.
Contrary to my normal behaviour I actually managed to get out later in the day on Sunday and squeeze in a nice Long Slow Distance run of 11.8 miles. Lots of hills. Lots of snow, ice and slush. Mainly courteous drivers and now feeling a whole lot better. 1900 ft of gain and 8:23 pace which includes stopping to take photos as my phone didn’t pause the run.
I was miserable that I couldn’t get out this morning and that’s why I forced myself out this afternoon. I guess that just means that I am addicted to the endorphins and serotonin from running. Oh well, there are worse things I could be addicted to.
I took a couple of pictures of some icicles while I was out there for my daughter.
I also took a panorama of where I’d come from and where I was headed.
It’s all about preparation. Know what you are going out in and dress appropriately.
The forecast for this morning was 17F with a real-feel of 7F. Yes, you read that right. 7F. That is -13.8 Celcius if you are that way inclined. What an arctic blast!
The biggest danger in those temps is black ice on the surface of the road. You have to run further away from the edge, many of the sidewalks/pavements have not been cleared so you have to run above the frost line on the road camber.
If you get out early this isn’t normally a problem, but as traffic picks up the drivers get picky about sharing the road with a runner.
I did 9.3 miles today with a pace of 8:11 (back to my pre-blogging pace) but this was my ‘long run’ given the temps. By the end I started to feel the cold getting through to my butt cheeks.
Ski underwear lower and upper (long johns and long sleeve top)
Cold weather cycling gloves (which were too much and I had to take then off a couple of times)
A running t-shirt
A bright running jacket (wind proof)
A balaclava to keep my head warm.
This seemed to do it for me as I was warm and toasty through the run until my butt started to get cold at the 7 mile mark, but that was tolerable.
I will also say that the day was clear and there was no snow falling so visibility was good. If it was snowing I probably would have sought out a trail rather than running on the roads.