I got out for my run a little later than usual, so the temps were pretty decent at around 33*F, bright sunshine and best of all very little wind. Plus this morning Bennie and I walked down to Blake Road down-back and found it passable, need I say runnable. So as a change of pace, I decided to run down towards Tiffany and see how it felt.
A couple of thoughts went through my head before the run:
- which shoes – as you can see in the photo, down-back was still snow-covered with some sections having more than a little glare ice, but at the same time I knew that once I got over on Tiffany, it would be all tar. After a little thinking, I went with the Ignite PWC, with regular socks. This would let me figure out how they worked on the snow-covered section and also how they did on a little longer run.
- how far – I have been limited to 3-5 miles because of the ice and stuff down-back and since I don’t really like running on the Middle or Quaker Roads in winter, shorter stuff has prevailed. So I thought about a longer run, but reality raised its ugly head, I need to build up slowly and not just hammer a double-digit run right now. So I decided to just go for a 10K.
I started off pretty good and going down Steven’s Hill wasn’t too bad, the Ignite PWC’s did fine in the snow, but it was a lot like running on a sandy beach and I was trying to keep my effort level steady – right around 150 BPM for a heart-rate. One of the advantages of having the heart rate monitor is that I have a little more control/knowledge of how hard I am actually working versus just hammering it all the time.
I know it is not MAF training, but I think it will help me figure things out a bit better.
When I got to Tiffany, I kept the pace up for another mile and then when I went past Wildwood, I took the foot off the gas a little and didn’t try to push the pace after that. I just kept things steady.
However, once I got back on the snow-packed road, I did slow down, it was a lot tougher running up the hills on the snow, than it was coming down them.
The Ignite’s did okay, but coming back the Kazan’s would have been a better choice, although I did make it without too many issues other than having to go slower and a couple of foot spin-outs.
A nice run on a beautiful day. The Ignite’s did exactly what I wanted from them and didn’t bother my feet at all on the run.
Now to get ready for another winter storm tomorrow and then sub-zero temps later in the week – yech.
Is it spring yet!!!