Well, today was another day stuck in the house due to the snowy and icy roads. Around lunchtime, I talked myself into venturing out for a snow jog. Last year I discovered a single YakTrax on one of my runs so I figured I would just put that one on and see how it worked! I know, I'm a total dork!
I headed out with Hershey figuring that she would motivate me to get at least one mile in of run/walking. It took a while for my Garmin to link up with the satellites and it was tough to wait since it was so cold out. The temps were around 7 degrees so I had lots of layers on. I even added a polar fleece scarf at the last minute and was glad that I did, especially when my chin got super cold during my run.
My street hadn't yet been plowed so I stayed to the car tracks until I got to the main road. Even though the main road had been plowed it was mostly ice with a layer of tight packed snow over top of it. I kept to the edge where it was crunchy ice/snow and wasn't too slippery. Hershey quickly grew tired of running so at the 1/2 mile mark we turned around so I could drop her off. She spent the entire return trip running behind me...nothing I did could entice her along any faster. She did enjoy going but was happy to get home!
I headed back out and went a little further on the second round. My crunching feet scared some deer at one point and I got to watch them bounding through the snow covered trees. I was on narrow, hilly roads so I made a point to stop anytime I heard a vehicle. I felt safer watching the car in case they would slide and then starting back running after they passed. Near my turn around point a random stray dog decided to express himself with some barking. Luckily he didn't stay interested in me for very long.
Towards the end of my run I got more comfortable running on the snow and ice and was able to slightly pick up the pace but for the most part it was a slow recovery run for me. I ended up with 4.5 miles for my run and I was glad to learn that snowy roads aren't as bad as I thought! I'm even thinking I might head out again tomorrow...maybe switch my single YakTrax to my left foot this time!