Ice Ice-Safety

The polar vortex came and went, and with its departure left piles of snow and then warmer weather.  The past few days I have been feeling like this on my runs:

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It is seriously no joke.  With the warmer air I can’t get enough running.  Add that to the mass amounts of puddles that were all over the running paths the past few days and I felt like Lolo Jones sprinting and hurdling all over the place.

And then yesterday arrived.  The air cooled a good 20º and where puddles had marked the path the day before, ice had taken over.  Bound and determined to get my run in I did 7 miles that consisted of some decent running, some penguin-like shuffling, and some ugly attempts at not breaking a body part.

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Moral of the story: ice is no joke.  If you are going to go for a run there is a good chance right now that ice will impede your travels.  Just as you would slow down if you were driving on icy roads, you are going to have to check your ego at the door on your way out and plan on a slower run.  Turn your music on low and take some extra caution to pay attention to each footfall.

Plan on having to stop and start.  If you live by the pace on your watch you might just want to leave it behind.  Yesterday I ended up relaxing and deciding this wasn’t going to get the better of me.  I chalked it up to a series of interval training; run a bit, slow down, repeat.

If you know that the paths you are going to be running on are snowy or icy, plan your route ahead of time and let someone know where you will be going.  Give them an idea of when you will be back and take your cell phone with you.  A few weeks ago I went for a run after a snow storm and I had to call my husband to let him know that I was ok but that I was going to take longer to get home because of the heavy snow.

I always carry a cell phone with me when I go for a run, not just for my safety but also for others.  I have come across several emergencies over the years that have required me to call 911 or be there to help others take care of a situation.

Pick a route that you know well.  Yesterday I ran a path along the Chicago River.  I know the area well and I know where the icier areas are.  In fact, some ladies from my running group told me in the fall that ice always forms under overpasses, so I know to slow down there.  They were right!  The picture above speaks for itself.

Bring some sort of identification with you.  Last summer a runner near my home town finished their run with a splash in Lake Michigan.  He had a medical emergency and rescuers were unable to revive him.  He had no identification on him and the police had to go from room to room at the local resort looking for his family.

I used to always carry my driver’s license with me, but I was lucky enough to place at a trail race a few years ago and was presented with a gift certificate for a Road ID.  If you don’t have one already, check them out.  They are very inexpensive and comfortable.  I wear mine all the time.  In fact I had to be reminded on my wedding day not to wear it to the ceremony!

This is the sample from their website.  They come in several colors.

This is the sample from their website. They come in several colors.

I have yet to try on Yak Trax or other forms of cleats but these are certainly another option to try out.  There are also some great YouTube videos that show you how to make your own spikes on your shoes with screws.

Be safe and happy running.

One last note on safety:  On January 13, 2014 fellow runner and mother of 3 Meg Cross Menzies was stuck and killed by a drunk driver while out for her morning run in Virginia.  I urge you to join the running community on January 18th for a run in her honor.  Take a picture and tweet it or post it on Facebook with #megsmiles.

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Today’s Slow Cooker Recipe:

Yesterday I also mentioned that I would add another slow cooker recipe to my post so today I am adding the delicious Spinach, Goat Cheese Cornbread my husband made the other night.

This was so good! Only 130 calories per slice.

This was so good! Only 130 calories per slice.

Ingredients:

2 boxes of Jiffy corn bread mix (or 17 ounces of mix)

3 eggs

1/2 cup almond milk (you can use milk but we are dairy free here)

1 ten ounce box frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry

1/2 cup goat cheese

Directions:

Coat inside of slow cooker with cooking spray.  Mix all of the ingredients together in a bowl.  Pour batter into slow cooker.  Cover and cook 1 1/2 hours on high.  Remove and place on cooling rack.

Enjoy!

25 thoughts on “Ice Ice-Safety

  1. It’s a bit icy in spots on my runs as well. I think it’s a good thing – keeps you interested in your run because you’re constantly looking for ice 🙂 I’ll be running on January 18th and will run in Meg’s honor 🙂

  2. Brilliant post, we have been lucky so far and avoided ice but I’ll definitely be on the look out. Safe running!
    P.S THAT looks delicious!

  3. These are excellent tips – and it’s always good to remember that no pace goal is more important than two un-injured legs! That bread looks delicious – I am definitely going to try it!

  4. This morning it was icy here in NY, too. The roads LOOKED totally fine, but I could feel it under my feet. Scary stuff. Great tips, I need to run with an ID on me more often. I run with my phone, but I am not sure someone could unlock it.

  5. I really loved your post. I especially liked the idea of the Road ID. It’s been something similar in Montreal with extreme changes in weather. I almost killed myself when I slipped down the stairs on a Sturday morning while taking my puppy out for a walk. Good thing I didn’t hit my head while flying down 7 stairs! It was right in front of my house and I felt helpless for a couple of minutes because I was so hurt that I simply couldn’t even call anyone for help.

    Thanks once again for some great ideas!

    xoxo
    Olena

  6. OMG that’s horrible (Meg Cross Menzies). Thank you for sharing and for talking about safety! I have a RoadID that I always wear, plus I always bring my phone. I also let at least one person know which direction I will be running. I try to preach safe running to a few of my friends, but they don’t seem to care. Drives me crazy haha!

  7. Great post! It’s been icy around here, too, and only cleared up over the weekend. The problem then is dealing with sand on the roads — that can be just as dangerous if you’re not careful!

  8. That cornbread looks fantastic… I think I’ll try making it this weekend! But on a serious note, you are completely right to point out that we really do have to think about safety. I’ll definitely run on Saturday and will be honored to dedicate my run to Meg.

  9. I really need to get a new RoadID. I move around so much, tho, that not only does it get expensive, it gets kind of demoralizing asking people I’ve just met if they’ll be my emergency contact. I downloaded the RoadID app for phone and like it well enough…I just need to remember to turn it on before every run. Thank you for the nudge towards safety!

  10. Winter running is something I swore I would try this year. I bought Under Armour, I got a great hat, and I DID run. Until the first major snow storm dropped so much snow on our gravel road I knew I’d never make it down to the high way :(. Treadmill until March, I think.

    I’ll be treadmilling on the 18th for Meg.

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