Jan 15

Wed '14

Ice means nothing

Before I get into this post, I just want to thank everyone for their comments and advise on my previous post about my best friend. I appreciate it so much and I hope the situation will improve soon.

Running outside in the winter is hard. I don’t like it. I haven’t done it since November 18th last year because of the snow. I seriously hate battling with ice, snow and cold. So lately, instead of running outside, I’ve been visiting the gym. I like being at the gym because I get to read my book and have time to myself. However, I also dislike being in one spot for too long. When I am outside running I see so many things and get plenty of kilometres below my feet.

Yesterday, for some reason, I felt like taking an evening run. It snowed quite a bit on the weekend, but since then, the temperature has been above 0°C. Of course that means melting and mess everywhere. I knew there would be lots of slush and possibly some ice. I left my house and got half way down my sidewalk before I turned around. It was so icy. I couldn’t stand it and I didn’t want to have an accident. As I came back in the house, Peter suggested I try out my Due North Traction Aids. I received these spikes 2 years for Christmas from my Uncle, who is also a runner. I have never used them because I was paranoid that they would make it too hard to run. I was scared of a sprained ankle or something. I really wanted to run last night so Peter helped convince me to try them out on my shoes.

Within minutes, there were fireworks were going off in my head. I was SO amazed at how well the traction aids were working. I usually tend to avoid the snow that is left on sidewalks as I’m running, but with these spikes, running on the snow was so much better. The traction was amazing. There was still ice around and I was very careful, but the spikes really really helped. I can see myself running a lot more now. I am so happy that Peter suggested I finally take the spikes out of their packaging.

I swear, this is life changing. Hahaha. Small things make me happy I suppose. Of course, now I can’t use the snow and ice as an excuse not to go for a run. Damn.

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5 Responses to “Ice means nothing”

  • Cat
    January 16, 2014 @ 3:54 pm

    I have issues running in the winter because it makes my ears hurt (I seriously need to get a beanie or earmuffs). I don’t know if I could handle it if there’s snow! Good for you for braving it 🙂 I haven’t heard of traction aids before, but that’s awesome that they work really well! If it ever ices over here, I’ll have to look into them 🙂

  • Caity
    January 18, 2014 @ 10:01 pm

    Yay! I’m glad that you found something that helps you run outside in the bad weather!

  • Karin
    January 20, 2014 @ 1:15 am

    Good for you that they worked! Or not, if you’d rather stay indoors. 😉 I should definitely get some sort of traction aids too… This winter has been the iciest of my life, just walking is difficult enough!

  • Kirsten
    January 20, 2014 @ 5:29 pm

    I don’t run but I do love walking. I also do not like doing it in the winter, my balance is off because of my vertigo and I have a hard time staying upright when walking from the couch to the bathroom so walking long distances on ice and snow seem impossible for me. I think I could really benefit from some sort of extra traction!

  • Lissy
    January 21, 2014 @ 6:08 pm

    glad you found a solution that works!
    I had a horrible time walking around campus when it snowed. They didn’t shovel, so most of the time it was like walking to class through sand. Of course, then the mush would freeze over night and then I’d be ice skating to class in the morning. My dad gave me these yak trak things, similar idea, which worked pretty well on the ice, but made the inside floors very slippery, lol

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