Thursday, January 12, 2012

Snow Day & Ice Cleats

January 12 - Today I got the heavily anticipated email stating Due to the weather, all schools...will be closed today. It was snow day number three. No school for me. No flights for hubs. Just a good 'ole fashion mini-snow storm in New England. I was still up early (after telling the kids to sleep in - go figure), so with the downstairs to myself for a couple of hours I did my first day of the #100Ups Challenge that I read about on INSPIRUNNING's blog along with my usual NTC workout. Then I relaxed with my coffee, the computer, and the news while waiting for hubs to wake up.

Fast forward. After lunch, I FINALLY coaxed hubs into going on a snow run with me. It was still snowing a little but it felt pretty good out. Hubs offered a pair of snow & ice cleats which I happily accepted to try out for the first time. Made of rubber each cleat slips on over the running shoe and has six spikes positioned to help with traction. I've never used them before so I was excited to test them out.

We made our way easily enough down the plow-guy deprived driveway through about six inches of snow. Our short out and back run of three miles would take us on the main road briefly before turning off onto a side back road, and then on to a dirt road that led to a pond.

The roads were semi-plowed so it had that chunky feel. Where the plows had passed, the cleats worked really well. No slipping at all. Feet felt firm almost like they were on pavement. Where the roads were still snow covered I felt as if I were running in sand. It was just hard. The snow was the powdery slippery kind and it made my legs really have to work. I never felt like I was going to fall or slip though.

Our snow day run was a lot of fun. We had to jump in the snow banks as cars passed, wait for the snow plow to push by a couple of times, and almost help a car that was stuck pulling out of a driveway, but definitely worth going out and avoiding the treadmill. I love the white wonderland that is created after a fresh snow.

My next run is another training run for the half marathons coming up. Running in the snow today was a great workout in my training. It wasn't speedy or lengthy, but it was challenging. And, you never know about the weather in New England. You have to be prepared for anything!

Do you run in the snow/bad weather or head to the treadmill?

What was your weather like today?


  1. I got a set of YakTrax for Christmas that I've been dying to try out - but stayed indoors today since I was worried about my eyes (still recovering from Lasik, gotta be careful) getting snow/sleet in them. Who knows, maybe I'll get to try them out in my race on Saturday morning in Milford NH!

    1. My husband was right about them - definitely made the snow run feel safer. Let me know what you think if you use them.
      There was a lot of snow flying in my face, so you probably made the right call to stay inside today and protect your new eyes.

  2. I trained for a half last year throughout the winter and I was always curious about those cleats!! I should have gotten a pair. I will probably never be running through the snow again though so I won't need them any longer! That training period was the worst ever and I wasn't even able to finish the half marathon! The weather was bruuuuutallll! You are a warrior for going out there!!

    1. Oh wow. Last year was a tough winter for training. I didn't venture out until March. I've been lucky this winer (crossing fingers now) LOL
      This winter I'm feeling a little braver ;)

  3. Where did you get those ice cleats? They look awesome!!! Congrats on a great snowy run!

  4. Thanks! I tried to find out from hubs where he picked them up, but he doesn't remember - ugh. I'm guessing most running stores have them though.

  5. I can't believe you live less than an hour away and you had that much snow! Crazy. Is your husband a pilot?

  6. It is crazy! You never know with the weather I guess. He is.

  7. did hub buy you the ice cleats?... true love! great pict together with the dog!

    1. Georgia was our photographer! The cleats were from his marathon training days - he had an extra pair. I think I'm going to keep them though :)

  8. Oh my goodness. I can't believe you run in this!! haha. I guess its hard for an aussie to understand. I can imagine it would be fun to play in all that white powdery snow though :)

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