I set my clothes out the night before, made sure my headphones were charged, and set my alarm a little bit earlier to allow for extra time. Once I got up, I watched the news and checked my Facebook & Twitter feeds, trying to decide if I was going to be able to drive or not. I was so nervous about it, that I forgot to post anything about middle sis Laura, who was running a 15.5 mile trail run that morning. Sorry Laura!
Once I made the decision to go, I had to get out, clear the snow off Josh's car, move his car, pull mine out of the garage, then put his back in the driveway. Again so nervous I forgot something - I forgot to close the garage door. Sorry Kevin!
The roads were very snow-covered and slick. I saw one accident in the lane right next to me, caused by a driver going way too fast. I knew they weren't stopping till they hit something, and all I could do was sit at the red light and hope that what they hit wasn't me. It almost made me turn around & go home, but I kept going. I was a few minutes late - I walked into Blue Mile just as they were heading out for the run.
The plan called for 40 minutes or 4 miles. I decided to go with 4 miles, which ended up taking me 56 minutes. I'm a slow runner anyway, and the snow was slowing me down even more. I was just wearing regular running shoes - no traction aids - so I kept my stride short and my feet under me to keep from slipping. Once I got the stride down, though, I enjoyed the run. It's so pretty along the Monon, and it's fun to see the other runners as they are heading back after the turn-around. Running in the snow like that has a similar feel to running in sand, so I definitely got a good workout.
When I got back to Blue Mile, they had just started the info session on proper footwear & gear. Andrew & Kevin gave us a lot of good tips. Andrew said to dress for about 25 degrees warmer than air temperature when you run, but I have always gone by 10 degrees warmer. He also said to try different layers out on short runs and figure out what works for you, so I am sticking with the 10 degrees. I am someone who prefers to feel warm anyway, while I know a lot of people like to feel just a little cool.
One of my favorite things I learned during the info session was that properly cared for running clothes can last 10 years or more. Considering how expensive they can be, it's good to know I won't have to replace them all in a couple of years.