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I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. - Phillppians 3:14

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

ICE RUNNING


I realize that I will be mocked by my Northern brethren and sistahs by me writing a post about inclement weather running. But there is a reason I live in Texas. A good example of this is that when there is an 1/8 of an inch of ice on the road, two things happen: a.) the place will shut down, and b.) those that don't stay put in their homes immediately show there inadequate ice driving techniques...which probably leads to part a.
Temperatures continued to drop on Monday and Tuesday and by Tuesday evening the rain transitioned into freezing rain...sleet. By 2100 hours on Tuesday, there was already a good layer of ice starting to form on the sidewalks and roadways. My daughter, Macy, was celebrating her birthday with her family with a party for her friends to follow this Saturday. Soooooo...a little after 9:00pm I take of for a short 5 mile run.
For 5 miles, I slipped and slid all over the place. When there was grass available I ran on it. Either way, it was tougher than normal. Temperatures were in the 20's (cue the heckles from the Northern peeps) The ice began to collect and freeze on my jacket and hat. My thoughts turned to stories from the Beast Ultra Marathon Series where it was so cold that some of the runners cornea's froze....I didn't run with my IPOD so that I could enjoy the sounds, the wind, the popping of transformers exploding. ( I jest...kinda) I have to say I enjoyed it. Being one of Uncle Sam's Misguided Children (USMC), they rewire the brain housing group to embrace such maladies...I am still not giving up my typical Texas year round warm weather.

5 comments:

Brenda / Russ / Lance said...

You're complaining about two days of 20 degree weather? Tsk-tsk-tsk...what kind of ultra runner are you?! HAHAHA!! Welcome to our Northeast world. Oh and I dig that picture too.

As an aside, have you heard of YakTrak? They come in handy when running on ice and snow. I'm sure REI has them....well, maybe not. Who knows if it's something they carry in the Texas stores. Hee..

Marcy said...

I'm impressed that you went out there! Snow is like acid to you Southern folk LOL

Jean said...

Dave, thanks for stopping by my blog! You know, we have plenty of snow up here that we would be willing to share with you. Most of us in MN are starting to get a little sick of it! :)

Best wishes to you with your training!

olga said...

Glad you got to enjoy it and not just envy our snow spur! :)

Rick Gaston said...

So you're saying pack up some layers for this weekend at Rocky. How cold does it get now, in the evenings?

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