Not to sound like moaning Myrtle but marathon training was going really really well. I finally felt confident, had seen the last 10 weeks of effort really pay off. In the form of a PB at the Run with the Wind Half Marathon in Stratheven. Then we got hit with the #BeastFromTheEast which led to Snow Problems. Starting with a cancellation of PT, as the roads were not safe to be driving, cancellation of all trains, leaving me with severe cabin fever. I am an admitted introvert, but I don’t cope well with not being able to get out a run. The Snow Problems also meant Deerstalker got cancelled! So I went from starting this week ready to face Deerstalker and my first night trail run, to dealing with snow and not really being able to run.
This was Day 1 of the snow. You can’t see where the kerb between pavement and road is.
Anyone fancy an outdoor drink?
Day three – more visible roads, but so much slush!
Luckily, I had bought the ASICS Gel-Sonoma 2 Running Shoes for Deerstalker, so got to test them today. I went from thinking yeah this is great, can totally run in the snow, to nope way too slidey. It’s a very thin line from adaquetaly compacted snow to ice central. Saying that, the Asics are my first pair of trail shoes. I definitely had more grip than my normal trainers. The other life-changing thing, Gortex, meaning it didn’t matter how deep the snow was or puddles were, my feet did not get wet. No more soggy trainer and sock situation. Snow Problems no more!
Yes, matching neon is very important in snow running. Got to be visible….
The other shoe investment I had made over 2 years ago was a pair of Short Hunter wellies. Although admittedly I couldn’t fully justify the purchase until now. Fashion statement, yes. Great for the snow, yes. Good when you have large calves from running, no! (I very much have a pair with expandable backs on my sale list). The slush is going to be here for awhile, so good old wellies with all outfits for the next few days. Yes, I walked to work in Wednesday with a pencil skirt and wellies…
Snow Problems with these 2 pairs of shoes!
Snow Problems are going to mean either attempting to run in the Asics but inevitably get frustrated, or use the Hunter’s to walk to the gym and spend 2+ hours on a treadmill. Sadly I think I know what the sensible and most likely answer will be. Treadmill, looks like you and I are going to be becoming good friends.