Have you ever run in these?
No? Why not? It is harder than it looks, that’s for sure but your legs get a really great workout. Granted, balance is tricky but it is good for core stabilization.
I kid…I kid…
It snowed yesterday – I KNOW! Winter is a jerk. I ranted about it here if you want the whole story. I had to run today because I am feeling better after suffering from the plague and I need to keep up my 10% increase in distance for my 10km with my Dadeo in May. It is my first running race and to run it with my dad is a life long dream so I am super excited! Meanwhile…I need to train in Snow/Blizzards/melt/rain/sunshine. Today was an easy 3km and I wish I was faster but running in Frankenstein Shoes makes it hard.
I headed out to my usual trail behind my house. I walked towards the trail, thankful I put my cleats back on my shoes. For the record – SO SICK OF CLEATS! I am glad I wore them though, there was a lovely layer of ice under the fresh snow and that made it very slick.
Once I was at the trail, I began to run. My pace for short distances is quicker because I have figured out how fast I can go before I die. Good to know! I was a 1k in and I noticed I was getting taller. I am 5’8″ so I am a good height to begin with, but I was growing very quickly and soon I was 3 inches taller than when I left 10 minutes earlier. Weird. I looked down to find giant platform Frankenshoes under my cleats. I had picked up the soft wet snow ( did I mention that winter is being a jerk? I hate wet snow, I prefer the dry fluffy stuff) and it was building just like when you roll a snowball for snowmen or forts.
It was becoming uneven and I started running with a limp – not good – so I kicked off some snow but couldn’t free the heel up. By this time I was running now in heels. Sweet. Eat your heart out Carrie Bradshaw! I came to a boggy iceberg filled puddle on the trail, it was too deep even in my new heels, so I went over on the side. It was like running in muskeg. Soft, but firm – semi-frozen mucky snow covered crass. I nearly broke a heel trudging through that stuff. As I passed a bench I kicked the snow loose from my shoes and I was off again. By the time I was at my turn around, the Frankenshoes were back. I must admit, they were easier to run in than snow heels.
I am THIS far away from buying a treadmill. You know its bad when I talk about wanting a treadmill. I ran all winter from -24C to 0C through Wind/Snow/FreezingRain and spring is so close I can taste it! All I can say is, this better be building some decent amount of character because I am not any faster. However, I am into a new pair of skinny jeans and my before and after pictures are nearly unrecognizable. So….yes… it is worth it.