Days ago I reveled in 37-degree weather, while today I braved 5 degrees (with an even more disgustingly low windchill) for a quick four-miler. While I was running, a passerby actually shook her head at me and said in disbelief, “You’re crazy to be out here in this.” Maybe just a little, considering this was the path I took.
Normally I wouldn’t set foot on such a treacherous trail, but I was taking my roommate’s Due North traction aids on a test run—might as well go all in, right? The stretchy shoe coverings fit over my Nikes quite nicely…
I wasn’t sure if those little spikes would really grip all that ice, but they were trusty as can be! I never slipped, not even once, and they didn’t seem to alter my stride. I just might have to invest in some of these bad boys.
Even though my face was frozen and I had snot for days, my merino wool layers kept the rest of my body toasty this Sunday runday. Plus, I had the trails and sidewalks to myself because the more sane Milwaukeeans were staying indoors. They were out in full force yesterday, though, when the warmer winter temperatures made for the perfect ice skating day.
That’s me skating downtown in Red Arrow Park! Unlike today’s run, I totally tanked it and fell on my butt. Smack dab on my (now bruised) tailbone. Buy hey, nothing a little hot cocoa can’t fix.
YOUR TURN: Do you wear Yaktrax or traction aids when you run in winter? Are you better at ice skating than I am?