Almost 2 months ago it seems like I dropped of the face of the earth. I may not have but it certainly feels like it; the weather here in Minnesota turned the clocks back to days when cold, ice and constant snow were the hallmark of the state.
Over the last few years, Minnesota has had mild winters, a little snow, cold days, but nothing like this year. For example, of the last 45 days we’ve had snow on over 30 of them. If it isn’t snow, it’s ice rain. So to say road conditions for running are poor is an understatement.
I stopped running just before Thanksgiving (we hold it in November) because we had an ice rain storm which covered everything in about a 1/4″ of ice. This was followed by snow, cold, more ice rain, more snow, the major storm in December which brought the roof down on the Metrodome. Many of these weather related occurrences made it easy for a novice runner to look at the road and say, “I’ll go tomorrow when it’s nicer.” Those nicer days were few and far between, but I did manage to get in a run here and there.
To compound the problem, or rather to ease my conscience, there were family visits. I was in Iowa for Thanksgiving, and then went to Canada to visit my family. Which was great, but when visiting family, running isn’t something that comes to mind: eating, staying up visiting, eating, seem to be the focus.
However, one very good thing came out of this. I have a new running plan, or rather a walk to run plan, which I have managed to stick to rather well after recovering a few days from a sprained ankle.
Since I’m back on my feet, and running, I’ll be keeping you informed of my progress.