Hey everyone! I hope you had a great weekend! Mine was filled with some fun Christmas stuff:
And I also went on a fun snowy 7 mile run! Why was it so fun? Well first of all, I’ve never run 7 miles before. It’s a new distance PR for me! Yay! It was also fun because knowing that I had to run farther than I’ve ever run before, I decided to run at Forbidden Drive. It’s flat, scenic, and I knew it would have enough beautiful snowy views to keep me distracted. Plus I knew it would be covered in snow and ice and I could finally try out my new Yaktrax Run shoe covers! (I paid for these myself and all opinions are mine – I was not paid for them)
I put the Yaktrax on my shoes before I even left the house, mostly because it looked like a 2 person job and my husband had to help. They stretch to fit over the bottom of your shoes and the size small definitely fit my size 10 Mizunos perfectly (I’m usually a 9.5 in running shoes so keep that in mind for sizing). There are coils in the back, and a large rubber area with small spikes in the front of the shoe for extra traction. Putting these on was definitely worth the effort as soon as I saw how snowy the trail was. My initial thoughts were that it was too slushy and wet for me to be out there running. There were too many puddles and I kept soaking myself in them! But I quickly realized that if I ran in the icy tire tracks (which really confused me – how did a car drive on the trail? It’s called Forbidden Drive for a reason!) I had much better traction and could stay dry. Reading the Yaktrax instruction booklet taught me that Yaktrax work best on ice and hard, packed snow, so I tried to find as much of that as I could. Once I was running on ice, I got into a good rhythm and couldn’t even tell I was wearing them at all! I was so busy looking down that when I finally looked up to take in the view it literally took my breath away!
By the time I got to Valley Green Inn, the tire tracks were gone and I began the slowest, hardest mile of my life. It was so slushy and wet that I felt like I was running on sand! But I knew that I wasn’t in any danger of injuring myself – the slush was just making it physically difficult to go forward, so I knew I could keep going safely. By the time I turned around it was getting dark. Thank goodness for street lights along the trail! But overall I’m really proud of myself for pushing through the cold, wet, dark conditions to get my 7 miles done. I only saw 1 other runner out there which made me feel like even more of a badass! I kind of feel like I can handle anything right now – bring it on, stress! So here’s some Monday Motivation for all of you runners out there living in cold snowy places right now:
I think this picture is much more inspirational and motivational to me than the “There’s no such thing as tough weather, just soft people” or “If you wait for perfect conditions you’ll never get anything done” pins I’m seeing on Pinterest. Because let’s be real, I’m not going to run outside when it’s snowing really hard and conditions are so bad that I’m scared of getting hurt. I don’t want to feel bad for choosing to do my daily run on the treadmill instead of the deep slippery snow because a mile is a mile, no matter where you run it. I’ll only run outside when it’s safe and I won’t let myself feel guilty about it anymore! And as long as it’s safe, snowy runs really are more beautiful and fun than normal runs, even if they’re a little more tough 🙂
Finally, I would like to announce my giveaway winner! Congrats to Stephanie from Cat Lady Runs! You win the awesome Brooks Infiniti Headband! Now you can also run outside in this crazy winter weather with me!
What’s your longest run so far? Have you ever pushed through a really hard outdoor run? Did you do anything Christmasy this weekend?