Washington DC was hit with 30+ inches of snow last weekend, but after 3 days of being couped up inside worrying about my injured legs and drink many liquids not meant for the body, I decided to brave the Monday sun and attempt a run. Where I live, the grounds keepers do an excellent job of shoveling and clearing the sidewalks and with just enough sun shine I decided to put my feet on the frozen ground and test my boundaries.
I went from doorstep to one end of the sidewalk to the steps up to the parking lot once without any pain and decided to make another lap or 2. At .16 miles, each lap became easier and easier till I looked down at my watch and saw that I had run over a mile and had no ITBS pain and felt good enough to finish another half mile. It wasn’t warm or brilliant but I made 1.5 miles and celebrated my legs good fortune.
I took another attempt Thursday on the same .16 mile track and pulled off another 1.63 miles. Saturday before my trip south to Harrisonburg, VA I logged an additional 1.75 miles totaling 4.88 for the week.
I can’t explain how happy I was to feel like being over the hump. Now if I could only do something about this weather we’d be in business. Also since everyone is snowed in, I think the secret about running barefoot has been revealed. I do enjoy the interest from my neighbors and I hope they don’t get too skeptical of my ways. I’ve already told my store 12 times or so, now it’s time to concentrate on running.