There was a time I was really hating the long runs. I may still hit that period again but as of right now, I’m on a tear.
Yesterday was the second of two days running on the snow, in my Yaktrax. Yesterday however, I went for a run on a fairly sparsely traveled trail and did so for 18 miles. This meant that I was beating the path for everyone else and had the snow for resistance training the entire time.
This was hard work.
I wasn’t lightning fast but was happy with the pace I kept considering everything. I did ditch my water bottle half way through, due to the fact that not holding my hands tightly was causing them to freeze. It was about 20 degrees.
Here’s a picture of the most heavily traveled section of the trail. Those tire tracks lasted about 3/4 of a mile.
I wanted to take a moment to give a bit of caution about the Yaktrax. Now admittedly, I have the “walking” versions of the device. There is a “pro’ version that’s probably better for running, but here’s the deal.
The Yaktrax, once installed, curl the toe of the shoe upward ever so slightly. As recommended I always get my running shoes approximately a size larger than I’d normally wear, so I didn’t think this would be a problem.
Unfortunately I was wrong. This slight curl (either that or a difference in running form with the devices attached) proceeded to do the following to my toes.
I’m going to try the “pro” versions of the accessories to see if they help this situation.
Otherwise I might have to try another solution. If you’re thinking about trying Yaktrax, I’d recommend keeping the mileage low at first, just to be sure you don’t beat up your feet.
My feet were also quite sore from the sheer pounding they took by running 18 miles in these snowy conditions.
Which leads to my next discovery.
Now just to be clear, I didn’t fully submerge my legs, the pain there wasn’t bad. But I did get a pail and dunk my feet in ice water. This SUCKED! It was quite painful and annoying.
My feet got super red and hurt like hell until they got numb, about 20 minutes.
But here’s the thing …
The ice batch did what it was suppose to do. My feet felt like a million bucks after I was done. The theory is that the ice bath forces the blood and toxins out of your muscles in a rapid fashion and gives the body a chance to flush new blood and antibodies into the troubled area. Or something like that ..
I don’t know for sure, but I’ll tell you what, I recommend the practice if you can stand the freezing water!
All in all, Sunday was a memorable day for me. One of those runs I’ll not forget any time soon.
Have you had a run like that lately? Are you letting the snow keep you inside?