Cold, Icy and Experimenting – RunLog 1/23/21

BRRRR!!! That was a damn chilly run. I know that I said earlier this week that I don’t enjoy running in cold weather. I still don’t, but today I had a method to my madness.

I wanted to check out how my Ice Trekkers Diamond Grip Traction Cleats worked for running down-back. Yeah, it was damn cold out, and that wind from the Northwest sure didn’t help matters too much. So I geared up and put my best foot forward.

Running into that wind this morning was brutal. That is the best I can say about it. Other than I was glad that it wasn’t any colder. By the time I got down to the lower gate, I had started to warm up a little, and getting behind the trees cut down the worst of the winds.

At that point, I had a decision to make.

  • Put on the Ice Trekkers
  • Keep running

When I looked a bit closer at the road beyond the lower gate, I could see a lot of snow or dirt-covered ice and decided to go with the Ice Trekkers. So I stopped and put them on.

It was too cold to worry about the finer details of putting the Trekkers on, my hands were cold enough as it was.

At first, I wondered if I had made a mistake, they made my shoes feel so damn heavy, and the road didn’t seem that bad. Very walkable, but a bit nasty for running without the Trekkers, but doable.

Once I turned the corner onto Blake Road, the Ice Trekkers showed their worth.

There was a little dirt in this section, but it turned to all ice about half-way down the hill.

The road became a double-track and where the tire ruts were mostly white ice. The Ice Trekkers kept me upright and able to keep running. If I hadn’t had them on, I would have turned around and done a different course.

No, I didn’t go that fast, but I was still running and felt pretty much in control while running on the white ice. I ran up to the tar on Blake and turned around there. I didn’t need to run on tar with the Trekkers.

Coming back up, Blake Hill, I could feel the extra weight that I was carrying and needed to walk a short way to the top of the hill. Then I got going again.

The rest of the run got it done, and I stopped when I got back to the tar on Philbrick for 3.02 miles at a sub 10:00 pace. Very good for the conditions.

The Trekkers do add significant weight to the shoes, but at the same time, their ability to keep me upright more than makes up for the extra weight. If I am wearing them, I am not looking to go fast, it is more about getting the miles in and having a good workout in difficult conditions.

Overall, the run was better than I thought it would be, and I came away pretty impressed with the Ice Trekkers. It was cold, and that part I didn’t enjoy, but it was the perfect day to check out the Trekkers. So it was worth enduring the weather, and I dressed appropriately, so it wasn’t that bad.

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