My first run today was a solo run.
Yes, I said my first run. Meaning I have two runs planned today. You’ll hear about the second one tomorrow. Hint: an epic Huff-like experience awaits.
I was laced up and out the door by 8a. Snow fell last night. Not a ton, but enough to coat the streets. It sure was perty outside.
I layered up with a couple long sleeved shirts, leggings, my buff, and a hat. The temps were in the 30’s. Two layers would be fine.
I decided to leave my knuckle lights at home since it was already quite bright out. I did throw a neon strap on my leg just for kicks. Note to self: buy more colorful winter wear. Drivers appreciate neon.
The initial beauty of the snow was soon overshadowed by the gusts of wind. I did see this tweet prior to heading out, so I couldn’t say I wasn’t aware of what awaited me. Was just hoping it was a lie.
I trucked ahead at a good quip. The first couple miles felt great. I actually maintained 9 min/mi the entire run. Go me! The main roads were quiet to start, but that luxury changed as time lapsed. With the heavier traffic came slushier road conditions. With slushier conditions came (for lack of a better phrase) plenty of sprays of shit. Ah, the woes of winter running.
The snow was good packing snow, so about every 30 seconds I spent stomping my feet on the ground trying to break the accumulation off my heels. Sure, why not tack an extra leg workout onto this two-a-day?
I did plenty of weaving through subdivisions to get my mileage. It’s my favorite way to get it done. Straightaways are not my friend (except for on the Monon of course).
I ran through Historical Cammack. Charming as always.
As cute as Cammack was to run through, this meant I was now running east. Aka straight into the 30mph winds. Swell. I made it down the mile stretch only to turn left (south) and now have a side-wind trying to take me out from the right. It actually became quite comical. I couldn’t stop laughing as it took everything I had not to get blown off the road. Combined with the shit sprays that were now much more frequent, this run was one for the books.
I kept hoping the blue sky would open up and take the wind with it. Not so much.
I did a little more subdivision weaving to get my last few miles. I contemplated trying to add one more mile to get 11, but when I had exactly 1/4 mile left to get to my house to reach 10, there was no more contemplating. Tonight’s run is bound to be much more physically challenging, so I figured I’d take the extra time to fuel up properly and get whatever rest I can. Eee, I’m so excited!! 😀
I certainly missed my girls this morning, but on occasion, I actually do enjoy a nice jaunt with just me, my tunes, and the open road. Today was one of those days. I’m proud of myself.
Now, will someone PLEASE turn off the wind before tonight??!