I took Bennie for a walk this morning before my planned 6.0 mile run and figured out a couple of things.
First – It was cold and the breeze was straight out of the north, with the wind chills the phone app said -2*F
Second – Although the roads were plowed, there was an awful lot of white ice and about an inch of snow covering the areas that I knew had ice on the road shoulders. A quick recipe for nothing good.
Thinking about it, either one of those conditions are non-starters and when you put them together – it definitely means spending quality time on the treadmill. I will run in colder temps when the roads are clear and I will run on the roads when it is warmer, but as I get older I have set the bar and parameters a lot higher, on what I will run in with the body that is now mine.
So the treadmill at Planet Fitness called out my name rather loudly.
I just had to figure out which shoes.
I have been having issues with all the shoes on the treadmill lately (since I wacked it off the hope chest), so I decided to use the Puma Ignite P/W’s to see how they would do on the treadmill.
Once I started I figured out that it wasn’t going to be a fast run and just set it on 7.0 mph (about 8.30 or so) and kept it there for the whole run.
I felt good and the Ignites were feeling good right up to the last mile, then the right foot started to bother a little. I could have gone further, but at the same time, what for?
I accomplished what I wanted and got my 6.0 miles in, for a 40 mile week, so I didn’t need to do more.
The treadmill and my watch are still a long ways apart
Overall, it was a nice treadmill run. Looking back with 20/20 hindsight, it was absolutely the correct choice, running outside in that kind of cold and road conditions would only set me up for some kind of an injury, which I don’t want or need.