I know, I know I should have run an hour sooner this morning, but life got in the way and by the time I got out the door, it looked like this…
If I had gone earlier or right after I walked Bennie, it would have been more like this…
Nothing serious, a few flakes of snow, but everything clear and very runnable. So what happened, well to be honest I procrastinated going to the transfer station the past two days and since the shed was full to overflowing with two household’s trash, it was not going to wait another week.
Plus with a pretty good storm coming this afternoon, I didn’t want to be doing a run to the transfer station in the snow/sleet/freezing rain.
I filled up 5 large garbage bags, broke down all the boxes, loaded up the recyclables and by the time I got done, the bed of the truck was pretty damn full. By the time I got the the transfer station, it seemed like half of Sidney had the same idea and it was starting to snow in earnest.
Coming off the transfer station road, the truck decided it wanted to see how good my reflexes were and if I remembered how to steer into a skid. I did fine and decided that 4WD was my friend and flipped the switch. I gotta admit that I did slow down a little and paid attention to what I was doing the rest of the way home. No autopilot and jamming to the music on this ride.
The joys of modern life and having to get rid of a truck bed full of trash, after only 3 weeks. I guess it says something about our lifestyles and how we live when we generate that much trash in a such a short amount of time. Plus we are fairly frugal compared to some who have to go weekly.
Once I got home, I changed up ad headed out the door, figuring this would be a great opportunity to see how the New Balance Propels did in snow/sleet. No issues with grip, but the road conditions were such that I decided to only do laps in front of the house.
Today was not a day to attempt any kind of pace, it was one where you work on staying upright and making sure that your foot plant was solid. Just an easy pace.
The snow had turned to icy rain and was getting worse with every lap I did. I had originally planned on 6-7 miles when I first started thinking about how far I was running today. However, by the time I got to 4.0 miles I decide that was quite enough, since the roads were now more of an ice/snow slurry and I could feel the road getting pretty slippery.
So I shut it down at that point and for the rest of the day, have pretty much lazed around the house relaxing to the sound of pounding rain on the roof.
I have a feeling that Bennie is not going to be too overly impressed on his last walk and would much prefer to stay in his favorite recliner than go outside to make yellow snow.
Although I do have to admit that it was kind of nice chugging along out there in the snow the first lap. That magical feeling you get when running on new snow, after the first lap when the freezing rain came in, then it turned into get it done and over with style of running.