I ran an easy 6 this morning on the treadmill. Have I mentioned I hate the treadmill? It was really the only option. The sidewalks and streets were covered in ice and I dare not run there. I ran 7:40 pace for 5 miles before dipping down to 6:30 pace for that last mile. I just wanted to get it done. I hate the treadmill. It is so lame. I saw one guy reading a magazine while on his treadmill, but he was walking. I thought about reading my book next time…has anyone ever tried this?
Per the ice storm, I decided to work from home today. I watched the weather forecast and waited for the mercury to rise above freezing…which it was scheduled to do late in the afternoon. It began to rain and as soon as it stopped I headed out the door for a second run at “the Line” in Rock Creek Park. The sidewalks were still slick with ice and I opted for snowy trails over icy sidewalks. Running trails in the snow is always tough going, but it is fun. You basically throw off your watch and just slug through it. After a half mile my feet were soaked. The trail resembled a frozen lemonade; not quite water, not quite snow and not quite ice…but rather a mix of the three. It was all wet. I had to cross a few creeks and, in turn, got soaked. I ran for 70 minutes in what I hope was 9 miles. Good practice for USATF XC.
Two years ago an ice storm would have been a pass to take the day off. Not anymore. Today I ran twice.