So 2017 begins.
I did get a nice 5.1 mile run in, but not until I got to play with 4 more inches of snow to move around – again and roof raking on the house.
My shoulders still haven’t recovered from the 12/30 blizzard that dumped 16 inches of the white stuff, so it was a tough way to warm-up for a run, but it is what it is.
The run itself was pretty good, the legs felt tired so I didn’t try to push the pace at all during the run. I was looking for a pretty consistent effort and didn’t worry about pace.
It was in the low 30’s today and while I was running I got to thinking about how warm it felt, I only had on a ball cap, my gloves, wind pants and a light running jacket, with a couple of tech shirts on under it. Yeah, low 30’s felt pretty warm, where a month or so ago, I would have been all bundled up and whining about how cold it was.
If the roads hadn’t been so wet, I would have been better off wearing regular socks with the Puma Ignite PWRWARM, but the merino wool was nice once my feet got a little wet. I am getting used to the squishiness of the Ignite midsole and am starting to really like the feel at the slower paces I have been running lately.
It doesn’t take all that long to change your perspective about what is warm or cold, especially after running in single digits for a while.
There is just too damn much traffic on Shepard Road lately. I am not sure where it is coming from or going to, but one thing is for sure, is that sure is enough for a secondary road. The Town crew did a good job on clearing the roads, but even so if I needed to get off onto the shoulder to avoid traffic, things got a bit dicey.
The roads were wet and the shoulders were mostly slushy snow, with hidden spots of ice, so every time I had to move off the tar, I slowed down to ensure that I had good footing or that it was at least reasonable.
As usual going back up the bitch, to maintain about the same level of effort, I had to slow down. I ain’t gonna redline going up the hill after working in the yard most of the morning – it just isn’t worth it to me.
Overall, a nice run to start 2017.