This past Saturday I was inspired by my sister’s post about the weekend warriors who make it a point to get out and exercise on the weekends. I decided that I was going to do the same, even though it was snowing pretty good out. I got all my running gear on, strapped on my Vibrams, took the dog out quick so she would leave Ellie alone to edit in peace for the duration of my run, and headed out into the fray.
The first few steps were not so bad. I could feel the snow beneath me . . . but I also felt it kind of melt as I stepped into it. Within about twenty paces I realized this was a very, very wet snow. And by very, very wet, really I mean I was basically running through an inch of water that was ice cold.
I knew that my feet usually warm up after about one-half kilometer, so I decided to try to push through the bitter-cold numb feeling that was quickly setting in, but at about 0.6 kilometers I realized it was not going to happen. My feet were just ice blocks. I decided to cut my losses and looped back home as fast as I could, to avoid any lasting damage to my toes.
Despite my best intentions, I didn’t get out to run in the snow on Saturday, or Sunday, for that matter. Sunday, however, I did spend almost all day vegging out in front of the television watching the X games. It gave me that feeling where I want to go out and start learning how to do things like that again, to learn how to push and train for what I want to accomplish.
I think I am going to invest in some additional minimalist running shoes that will hold up better in snowy conditions. I have a feeling we are going to have a pretty wet and snowy February, March, and April this year. This is now the third or fourth time where my runs have been cut short by ice-cold feet, and I don’t want that to be a recurring theme.
Anyway, I don’t know how many of you watched the X games last night, but kudos to the kid who did the front flip on a snow mobile, to the kid who tried to do a double back flip and broke his arm and leg, and to Shaun White for a perfect score of 100 in the Super Pipe (5-peat!). You guys show that things can be done if you put the work into it.