Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Today's run was 4 miles

My tailbone wasn't very sore this morning when I ran along the Jordan River Parkway. It was a nice day, and I handled the 4 miles fine, although at a slow 17 minute pace. I knew I was going slow when a walker passed me :) My slow pace is good for my body right now, and as I get stronger my pace will increase.

In one week's time, I've advanced from a 1-mile run to a 4-mile run, and I felt better during and after the 4-mile run than I did after the 1-mile run. That is a good indication of my recovery.

The temperature during my run was in the mid 40s, and it was a nice day.


  1. I'm glad to hear things are improving for you, Allen. That must have been some spill you took!

    I contacted Wasatch Running this week to ask if they carry ice cleats that cover your shoes to provide more traction on snow and ice. Sure enough, they do, so I'll stop in to grab a pair when I'm visiting town this weekend. Think something like that might be helpful for you too?

  2. Hi Angie,

    I've thought about getting cleats, but I don't think they would help much. I do all my running on the Jordan River Parkway, and the cities of South Jordan and Riverton keep the path cleared of snow.

    The reason I fell was carelessness. It had rained the night before so the path was wet. Then the temp dropped to the 20s, resulting in the whole trail being icy. Then about an hour before I left home, we had an inch of fluffy snow that covered the ice. Fluffy snow and ice don't mix. I should have realized the trail was icy, but I didn't think of that and just ran as if it were snow on dry asphalt.

    The cleats will be helpful to you since you have more snow up there than I do here, and you run on back roads that might not be plowed very quickly.

    I've never had problems with fresh snow on dry asphalt. I run on the edges of streets and stay away from car tracks that pack the snow into ice. Now, I'll be more careful and will use city streets until the Parkway is plowed and not too icy.

  3. Thanks, Yusufyusuf!

    I'm looking into getting a pair. My concern is less about packed snow than about black, spotty ice.

    Even though the cities keep the Parkway path cleared, there is usually a day or two after a storm when the path is snow/ice covered. In addition, on warm days, the snow melts and leaves patches of water on the path, and at night those patches become ice.

    A lot of runers use sheet-metal screws to form cleats. I'm looking at that as well as at commercial cleats.

  4. Angie, I did buy a set of cleats from Wasatch Running. I tried them this morning on an inch of new, wet snow. Worked fine. Still need to try them on black ice, though.