Day 12: Ice Ice Baby
Dare I say I’ve gotten somewhat used to the cold? Ok, it still kinda sucks…but not as bad as the ice. Combine close to 20″ in cumulative snow with a sudden rise in the temps (even slightly above freezing, hooray!), and you get a lot of wet sidewalks. All good. But then when the temps dip at night everything freezes over again until it has a chance to melt with the midday sun.
I’ve found that wearing Yaktrax on my shoes does help a bit, and I’ve avoided any falls thus far (well almost, I actually did fall on my driveway walking out to start my run, fortunately landed in a soft snow bank though). But I think they work better in light snow fall than on sheer ice (at least the ‘Pro’ version I have, perhaps the ones specifically designed for ‘Running‘ might perform better – but I had these Pro ones hanging around so figured I should use them). My running route has sometimes been a mixture of dry pavement and ice, and on the dry patches the Yaktrax are a bit distracting because they slip a bit when pushing off on dry blacktop (not a falling kind of slip, but just not as good of a push off as with a normal running shoe). But overall, I think they’re doing the trick.
Longing for the days when I’ll have dry (or at least non-ice!) footing to run on! That’s all – now just stop, collaborate and listen.