Thursday, January 2, 2014

First run of 2014.

It's another snowy day here in Maine. School has been cancelled on what was supposed to be the first day back from Christmas break. Funny thing, until last night I thought Zeke's first day back was this coming Monday. On a whim I checked the calendar and he was supposed to go back today. It all sorted itself out. 

I got out for a quick run yesterday. Well, it wasn't quick...just short. I had been considering 14 miles for 2014, but I haven't run anything above 5 miles since MDI in October. Something like 2.014 miles seemed much more reasonable. Then when I was out there I thought, "who the heck cares?!?"  Plus I don't think my Garmin registers thousands of a mile. Anyway, I braved the elements and took on the roads that were still partially covered in slush and ice from the last storm and only the sidewalks on the main roads in town are plowed.

Sidewalks on my block under  4-5 foot snowbanks.

And by plowed, I mean you just don't have to trod through snow past your knees. The snow was pretty packed but I had to watch my footing to not roll an ankle. 



I pretty much made up my route as I went along depending on what road looked the best/safest and where cars were when I came upon an intersection. I did have to run down a fairly steep hill where the sidewalk/road was a tad icy, but my Stabilicers did not let me down. These things are freaking awesome! 

Stabilicers + Mizuno Wave Rider 17 = awesome!

It was pretty slow going though. I don't need to be breaking a hip on the first run of the year! I was able to speed up on the flat and straight section leading back to my house and finished at a pace in the low-8s. 

Just add a 0 in the time for 2014!

And I think it's time for a haircut. When I got back I had quite the rat's nest in my ponytail. 

UGH.

It looks like I won't get another chance to run until this weekend when girls and I are planning an 8-miler on Sunday. I'm really looking forward to it. We haven't run together since the Spartan!

3 comments:

  1. Smart thinking going slow in the snow! And I need a haircut too...my hair is always a mess after running :)

    ~ Lora @ Crazy Running Girl

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  2. Wow, your slow pace is fast IMO! And, way to go for getting out there in those conditions!

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  3. Burrrrrr! Nice shoes & NO don't cut your hair!

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