Ice, Dropping Temps So I Ran Outside – RunLog 2-5-18

Yesterday morning the temps were in the mid 30’s to start and the roads were all wet and a bit icy from the rain storm (no, not a snow storm) we had the night before. Driveways were more like skating rinks and not fit to drive on, much less walk on without massive quantities of sand or salt (maybe both).

So of course after taking Bennie for his long walk, during mid-morning, we both decided to go for a run – outside. The big decision for me was whether to wear my Gravity 5’s or the Boco Sols. Based on the road conditions I went with the Boco’s and was very glad that I did.

Mary did laps on top and I went down to Pepin for a 4.0 miler.

While the road conditions had improved a bit from the photo above, they were not a whole lot better, when I started towards Pepin Road, the temp was around 32*F. However, the Northwest wind came up pretty steady at 10-15 mph with gusts higher, which dropped the temps down to 24*F by the time I got home. So everywhere it was wet, was probably/potentially ice and more black ice than there was already.

The Boco’s did great in the slush sections, but like any non-metallic studded shoe, you knew it when you hit an ice patch. The Gravities would not have done nearly as well, so my confidence in the Boco’s is increasing each time I wear them out in nasty conditions.

Actually the run itself was one of those get it done runs. You just run slowly, make pretty sure of your footing, the feet get pretty well soaked and I got to run back against the wind, which slowed me down even more. Going up the Bitch was just running up the middle of the road hoping no traffic would be coming up or down, because the edges were wet, re-freezing ice patches. Luckily no traffic was to be seen while going back up it, but after getting out of the S curve, the wind sure did blow in my face.

Not much worse than hitting the hard part of hill and having the wind blowing against you. At that point, I just wanted to get to the top and get the run finished.

I did and then relaxed for a bit, before we had to go get our taxes started. Nope I don’t do them anymore, I let someone else worry about that stuff nowadays.