Sunday Ice-y Running
On Sunday I decided to try out the trail that heads over towards downtown where I work. I knew some of the city sidewalks to get there were still snow covered and icy.
But it had been close to two weeks since we dug out of our 16 plus inches of snow, and I was curious about the condition of actual bike trail where I like to run. I know that they usually try to keep it pretty clear for bicyclists and pedestrians and runners to have an easy path across town.
So I put on my running shoes and the ice cleats I bought for times when the path is not so clear and dry, and of course, my flashers – oh my!
So the going was still pretty torturous, I mean treacherous – okay either works in this situation, as I had to go very slow and watch out for…err rather, “feel” for chunks of snow and ice with my white cane. I knew that they were there just waiting to trip me up and slip me up!
But once I got to the bike and pedestrian trail, it was smooth running, as they did a great job of clearing it.
So, yay!! I got in 12 miles on Sunday, running the bike trail and skating the sidewalks.
Our local running club “Run Wild Missoula” was out doing 13 miles that day, and as I was out running in the same area, I got a big hug from Tim from the Runner’s Edge, our local running store.
It was great to see him. He helped me across some tricky snow berms at the crosswalks. “Thanks, Tim!”
The forecast is for warmer temps, so the route should dry up even better. And maybe the holdouts will actually clear their sidewalks like they’re supposed to (but probably not.) But the warmer weather means by week’s end I could be back on my normal morning running schedule, albeit with soggy sockies and shoes!
How ‘bout it?