Well, hopefully everyone is surviving this cold winter weather!
|January Headlamp Run|
Also, on more than one occasion I actually walked out my icy/snowy driveway in shoes and then stuffed my shoes in the mailbox once I reached the road and started my route. This allowed me to complete a somewhat dry run without freezing my feet for the first and last 0.06 miles! As I tell many people, the key to cold weather running is to avoid the moisture at all costs. This is a pretty difficult proposition in Indiana when you may not see the sun for weeks at a time. The other side of that coin is that once the precipitation comes through, the temperatures usually rise to "around freezing" so it's almost a Catch-22...it's finally warming up...but now it's wet again, argh!!
The other difficulty, especially this winter is the amount of salt the road crews are putting down on these surfaces. As I like to call it: "Meat Tenderizer!" This not only irritates the skin on your feet, it also eats up the road itself. And the pot-holes are continuing to get bigger as the roads crumble with each successive freeze and thaw. Some sections on Anthony Road, I feel like I'm running on a gravel road!
But alas, there are still some good days to run and I am enjoying the much needed rest on my many "off" days. Hopefully the weather will continue to moderate and I can get back to some higher mileages in the next few weeks.
Happy Winter Running All!
January Mileage = 77.5 miles