Snow Was Not As Bad As I Thought – 12/23/11

View from fron steps

It snowed 4-5 inches out and I figured that by the time I got out to run it was going to be miserable. Like they say something happened on the way…it got nice in a hurry.

I had taken Bennie for his long walk and it was still snowing pretty hard, then I went inside to write a blog post and a vlog that go together. While I was inside it stopped snowing and the plow went by and the temp shot up to 43F with no wind.

I figured that I better get my butt out there and run ASAP, because the temps are supposed to get down to the single digits later.  I also had something to test out that I got in the mail yesterday and wanted to do it in warmer temps, so this was my opportunity. So I dressed only in running tights on bottom, wicking layer, long sleeve layer and cotton t-shirt w/my ball cap (along with shoes & socks).

After I got out there running, I wish that I had one of those plastic baggies I talked about in my Dressing for Winter Running posts. There was a little more wind than it looked like on the road and it was straight out of the North! Also I think something is wrong with the thermometer, it was definitely colder than 43F.

My test went fine today, I want to try a few more times to get a really good perspective on what I am using is making the difference, not the change in my running form, before I go and talk about it.

I was originally going to run my Brook & Howard Circle 5K course, but after walking with Bennie on it and falling once, even when I was wearing the YakTrax, that course didn’t seem like such a good idea. Doable yes, smart not so much.

If you look closely you can see the outline of a body – mine  😉

I figured that I better stay up on top today and did the 3.2 course again.

The run itself was just an easy one where I didn’t push, continued to work on form and got my feet totally soaked. The snow that was left on the pavement was turning to slush – Nasty. The Peregrines did a great job of navigating through this and even when I had to do ditch duty for the FEDEX truck near the top of the hill (not their fault – our driver is great, just was in a bad spot with another car coming the other way).

I was glad that I wore my Merino Wool Socks, even when my feet got soaked they weren’t cold.

Quality of Run: Very Good
Weight: 173
Time of Run: 11:50 A.M.
Temp: 43F – according to the thermometer – I think it lied though it felt a lot colder
Weather: Just stopped snowing – slushy and wet

YakTrax The Winter Runner’s Friend

The cause of many of those long walks – The Bennie

This is a review of YakTrax, a product that I have used for several years.  In fact I have purchase at least four pair of them two for myself and 2 as gifts to other people.

YakTrax are simply something has worked for me and that I like to use/wear when it is icy or snow-ice outside, when I run or walk in those nasty conditions. I also carry them in my backpack if I am doing some winter trail walking and they have helped me get through some pretty treacherous areas while coming down a couple of icy trails, that I would have had to turn around and go back otherwise.

Instead of wasting a lot of space writing about how great YakTrax are, I decided to add in a vlog that I did earlier today on them.

I am still pretty new at vlogging, so be patient, but I thought it would be a good way to save having to write a lengthy review. Let me know what you think and yes I will get better with the video part of this as I get more experience.

Yesterday these are pictures of what we were walking on with the YakTrax on:

These are pictures from this morning:

The road down back had been completed iced over yesterday, melted and then last night re-froze, before it snowed this morning. So it made for some slippery walking and I hate to think how many times on both days I would have been on my butt, if I hadn’t been wearing the YakTrax.

As it was I did make one crash-landing this morning and Bennie came over and looked to ask what are you doing down here?  Wearing YakTrax make a huge difference in where you can go, when conditions are icy and nasty, but they are not foolproof.

As I state in the video I like my YakTrax and hope that I get a new pair for Christmas, they make a great present for the runner who insists on running in crappy weather.  But be forewarned, you can still fall wearing them if you are not paying attention and you will not be able to do your normal warp speed in them.

Unfortunately, they do wear out if you wear them a lot – mine have been, so I am ready for my new pair.

FTC Disclaimer: I have not received any compensation or free trials of any YakTrax product, this is simply something that I have used, liked and these are my thoughts about it.

Snow Was Not As Bad As I Thought – 12/23/11

View from fron step

It snowed 4-5 inches out and I figured that by the time I got out to run it was going to be miserable. Like they say something happened on the way…it got nice in a hurry.

I had taken Bennie for his long walk and it was still snowing pretty hard, then I went inside to write a blog post and a vlog that go together. While I was inside it stopped snowing and the plow went by and the temp shot up to 43F with no wind.

I figured that I better get my butt out there and run ASAP, because the temps are supposed to get down to the single digits later.  I also had something to test out that I got in the mail yesterday and wanted to do it in warmer temps, so this was my opportunity. So I dressed only in running tights on bottom, wicking layer, long sleeve layer and cotton t-shirt w/my ball cap (along with shoes & socks).

After I got out there running, I wish that I had one of those plastic baggies I talked about in my Dressing for Winter Running posts. There was a little more wind than it looked like on the road and it was straight out of the North! Also I think something is wrong with the thermometer, it was definitely colder than 43F.

My test went fine today, I want to try a few more times to get a really good perspective on what I am using is making the difference, not the change in my running form, before I go and talk about it.

I was originally going to run my Brook O/B & Howard Circle 5K course, but after walking with Bennie on it and falling once, even when I was wearing the YakTrax, that course didn’t seem like such a good idea. Doable yes, smart not so much.

If you look closely you can see the outline of a body – mine  😉

I figured that I better stay up on top today and did the 3.2 course again.

The run itself was just an easy one where I didn’t push, continued to work on form and got my feet totally soaked. The snow that was left on the pavement was turning to slush – Nasty. The Peregrines did a great job of navigating through this and even when I had to do ditch duty for the FEDEX truck near the top of the hill (not their fault – our driver is great, just was in a bad spot with another car coming the other way).

I was glad that I wore my Merino Wool Socks, even when my feet got soaked they weren’t cold.

Quality of Run: Very Good
Weight: 173
Time of Run: 11:50 A.M.
Temp: 43F – according to the thermometer – I think it lied though it felt a lot colder
Weather: Just stopped snowing – slushy and wet