Thursday, February 28, 2013
Winter weather is a big time suck. During tax season, I do 8 hours a week of volunteer work. And my paid job has plenty of work to be done. This adds up to the weather potentially disrupting some of my weekly runs.
Today I lucked out. Yesterday, on a non-running day, we had wet slushy snow. I only cleared an inch off the driveway in the morning and another inch in the evening, but I abandoned a strip of driveway on the north side as a place to shove the snow. It was too heavy to be worth lifting all of it over the piles of snow already there. And I had an abbreviated lunch walk, because the uncleared sidewalks downtown were worse to walk on that if it had been either rain or real snow instead of a slushy mix.
The forecast had been for colder weather, turning the slush to ice. That turned out not to happen. The temperature stayed above freezing overnight, allowing my driveway to remain clear. Add in a local government that does snow removal well, plus waste heat from traffic, and I had clear shoulders to run on this noon.
When I set out, it was 39°F and cloudy, with WSW winds at 15 mph. I tucked my lightest gloves into my belt, unsure if I'd need them. Turned west into the wind, and went to put on my gloves; they weren't there. Apparently I lost them either during the warmup or the first part of the run. I looked along the early part of my route later, and didn't find them. Bummer.
I missed those gloves while running into the wind, with snow flurries being driven into my face. But I persevered, and it wasn't so bad when I turned south to make it a crosswind. My hands actually warmed up on the eastward stretch with a tailwind.
The run came out at 4.65 miles in 32:15, for an average pace of 6:56 per mile. This was not as fast as Tuesday, but that's okay. I made it to the 1 PM conference call on time, though I didn't spend as much time stretching as I'd like.
On the injury front, I had minor twinges in my right hamstring and glutes, nothing serious. The bad foot reminded me it still isn't 100%, but didn't have a major complaint. And the odd thing is, I seem to have developed a sore neck (!?) from this run, the kind of thing I might get from sleeping with my head at an odd angle. I have no idea how that happened.
Tax prep this evening was slow, and I left early. That gave me time to do some nutrition maintenance (buy groceries, prepare chopped onion and bell peppers for future salads) that otherwise wouldn't have fit into the day.
Of course, the weather forecast now calls for snow showers tonight, and more snow Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. It sounds like I might not have a surface to run on by the time I want to do my long run on Sunday. We'll see. It's also the time of year when snow is over-forecast. I could get lucky, and have it all plowed away to clear shoulders again by Sunday afternoon.
I'll worry about the long run on Sunday. For now, I'm glad to have got a good lunch run in on an otherwise very full day. And I'm thankful that the weather is a bigger concern for the running progam than injuries are right now.
Life is good.