Yesterday Plymouth got around 13" of snow. Today I was scheduled to run 17 miles. After careful consideration, here were my options:
1. Treadmill: This sounded about as appealing as not running at all. Seriously, if it came down to 17 miles on a treadmill or taking a day off, hand me the remote control and a cold one.
2. Run in Circles: This option could have been done at the high school, running a circle 7 times per mile, for 17 miles. Although I actually haven't minded doing this in the past, I've never done it for 2 hours and would have had to fit it in last night at some point. Unfortunately, last night was occupied by shoveling and snowblowing.
3. Bundle up and hit the "roads": Been there. It was fun last weekend, but I had a bit of a crunch on time this morning and couldn't dedicate 3 hours to the run.
4. Don't run 17 miles, but at least do something!: A Ha! This morning I layered up and headed out in search of cleared sidewalks. I decided I'd run for about 1.5-2 hours and just try and keep up a decent pace. The "search for sidewalks" resulted in this:
All in all, 11.12 miles in 1:24:30 (7:35 pace) with 2 soaking feet (didn't use gaiters) and a mildly strained right calf. I'll take it. I don't have much of a choice though.
This Saturday I'm running a 15K event, so my "9 on the 9th" will actually be a 9.3 on the 9th. I would really love to break 1:04 in it, thus setting a new PR for myself, but in all honesty, the training has been hit and miss thus far and who knows what's coming this weekend from Old Man Winter.
Hope everyone has a blast on their 9/9, and I'm looking forward to reading about it!