Today’s run was so much different from the past few weeks in the following ways –
As soon as I stepped out the front door, I felt the intensity of the sun. It warmed me instantly and I felt like the warm up was optional today!
As I was looking at the trails, there was nothing but CLEAR BLACK for at least a half a mile. My stride lengthened and Strengthened as I ran – I was able to reach my running stride and it felt very good!
There were a few places where the ice was thick and slippery. I have a new appreciation for the runner’s shuffle on ice! But these places were fewer and shorter!
Black ice is more of an issue now but since I have been running for a few years, I generally know where to look and be careful! Only one place caught me off guard today – but no nasty falls! Actually no falls at all!
No puddles to jump over or run through! There is nothing worse than running in wet soggy socks – at least from my perspective! Plus only one layer of running clothes for this 40 degree day! Soon I will be back in shorts and a t-shirt for running!
During the run I felt strong and my stride was good! I can now see hill training in the near term future and I love hill training! I can hardly wait for the “real” training to begin!
However I am reminded by a fellow runner how dangerous it still is. I received this just minutes ago –
I was just reminded how fragile life is… a fellow runner was hit and killed by a transport truck while out for a run on a bright sunny afternoon in Thunder Bay, Ontario yesterday. Be extra careful out there, runners!
Please pray for this runner’s family and for safety as Caleb and I train for the Minneapolis Marathon – it is still far from a runner friendly environment.