>> Tuesday, February 03, 2009
Last night after teaching, I threw on the reflective vest and headed out for a long run in the dark. The BEAUTIFUL day we had on Saturday when it was 46 degrees melted a lot of snow. And now it had re-frozen on the sidewalks. It was treacherous!! (even with my beloved YakTrax...)
During the run, it was 3 degrees with a wind chill of about 11 below. Just another great day in MN! The run went OK, but the nasty sidewalks were really slowing me down. I ended up doing 9 miles in just under 62 minutes (6 seconds faster than my last slippery 9 miler - how's THAT for consistency!).
When I got in the house, I snapped a picture. The upper half of my face was sweaty, and the lower half (along with my hat) was covered in ice:
From base to tip: red and tingly.
And not a “good” tingly... like the kind I get when watching movies starring Jessica Alba. Or eating REALLY good pizza. (Oh, who am I kidding?... Even mediocre pizza does that to me...)
Anyway, I think my YakTrax are telling me to stop running in those rough conditions, too. After 2 good winters on this pair, I think they’re done: