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Running on Ice

In an effort to preserve my sanity later in the day, I took our craziest dog (Green Bean) out for a run this morning to get some of his energy out. Living in Texas, it’s not everyday that I have to put sheet metal screws in the bottom of my shoes before I go out for a run, but given the ice storm that we just received, I needed all the traction help that I could get.

On the plus side of the run, I saw some high school kids trying to get their tongues stuck to a metal sign post.

Here’s to hoping that this storm doesn’t screw up my plans for a long run on Sunday! My weekly mileage thus far isn’t looking so hot.

gbDon’t let the picture fool you – there isn’t a single snowflake on the ground. It’s all ice pellets on top of a sheet of ice. Between the freezing rain and ice pellets, we’ve received somewhere between 1/2″ and 1″ worth of ice in the pat 20 hours or so.

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13 Comments

  1. Crazy you got an ice storm! How did Green Bean like it?
    Hope it thaws for your long run!

    • The dogs seem to get excited every time they go outside and there’s white stuff on the ground. I was looking up Edmonton’s temperature the other day, wanted to see how it was comparing to Lethbridge’s temps…needless to say, I’m trying hard to not complain about our -4C.

  2. You got it worse than we did! My car had a sheet of ice on it this morning, but it didn’t coat the ground like it did where you are. It took awhile for us to leave this morning – the ice was thick enough I had to let the car heat up before I could use my scraper! I haven’t had to scrape ice since Alaska!!!

    • I didn’t realize that the ice went down south as far as you guys, but I haven’t really been paying much attention to the news or weather forecasts. When I was out running this morning, there were a lot of people letting their cars run to melt the ice. I felt sorry for people who didn’t have a garage for their vehicle. I saw one guy scraping his car with a metal spatula. I guess when you don’t need a scraper every winter, you just use what you’ve got around the house!

  3. piratebobcat says:

    Spikes eh? That’s a good idea. Maybe I need to bust out my high school track spikes tomorrow!
    I’m still holding on hope for a long run on Sunday. There is a grassroots effort to start a multi lap run around white rock lake for all those who registered for the marathon.

  4. Laura says:

    That ice is epic – I’m more afraid to run outside because of the ice than the snow. I don’t want to slip and break my leg!

  5. Brittany says:

    Brrr! Now I understand why the Dallas marathon was cancelled!

  6. In Texas?!? That is not a state that I think of when I think ice storms..snowing…cold weather!! Hope you survived! 🙂

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