Sunday, January 06, 2008

ON THE ROAD AGAIN...

On the road again, I just can't wait to get on the road again...

Fifty degrees. January 6. Remarkable. Today was NOT going to be a treadmill day.

I waited until daylight, got dressed, put on the Yak Trax, and out the door I went. Too good to be true.

It was misting the whole time, but I stayed out for over an hour. It felt great. The temperature was perfect. I even got warm after awhile.

For the most part, the sidewalks were clear. The streets were not. So the only time I slowed for a walk was while crossing the streets.

I live in the City of Grand Rapids. Apparently, they do not feel it necessary to plow or salt any side street, which has been a pet peeve of mine since moving back here.

When I lived out in the country, we either had snow packed roads or they scraped down to the pavement. I don't remember ever falling.

Living in the city, I have fallen more times than I can count and have sprained my ankle twice on icy streets--always the same one, of course. I do realize that I am at my own risk, but still...

But I can't tell you how great it felt to get out in the fresh air. No sunshine. Only gray and drizzle but still an improvement from the gym and the stale air.

And I am always amazed at how much energy I have after these runs. I was able to come home and finish taking down all the Christmas decorations (yeah, I know, I am slow), vacuum, clean out the storage closet, go to my daughter's and do wash (washer will be here soon I hope), drive Don to his mom's, take the grandkids bowling, and still clean up around the house, taking out trash, recyclables, etc. I felt like it was a productive day.

I am hoping tomorrow I will be able to get out for a short run in the dark morning since the roads will be totally clear and then a spin class tomorrow night,

I wish every weekend were this good!

12 comments:

Sunshine said...

Great to read of your great running! Awesome 50 degrees.

Christmas decorations? Think of it this way.. today is Epiphany.. Wise Ones from the East arrive.
You are not late.. but right on time.

Hoping for lots of January thaw.. and happy running!

bunnygirl said...

I'm glad you were able to get out and run! Fifty degrees is bearable even for a warm-weather gal like me!

Flo said...

Glad you got to get outside!! sunshine is right, today is Epiphany and that's when decorations are supposed to come down. Here's hoping it's nice tomorrow for you.

Christie said...

Sounds like a good day. Nice weather will do that to you. We're expecting a bit of a heat wave the next couple of days. I'm gonna enjoy it.

jahowie said...

You've just inspired me to get out there and enjoy some of the warm weather tonight. Nice job on the run. I'm glad that you didn't hurt yourself. ;-)

Lisa - Slow & Steady said...

50 degrees ROCKS.

And you remind me so much of myself...describing a productive day by how much you were able to accomplish.

BTW, I did not have a productive day yesterday, somehow I managed to take a 2 hr cat nap on the couch. Bleh!

Non-Runner Nancy said...

It's warmish here today. I'm hoping to get a little fresh air myself.

GO DON DO!!

RunningCrazyAfter3 said...

Holy moly you got a lot done! I'm impressed. I consider my weekend productive, but I didn't do one thing on my list. Just a lot of sweet quality time with the mini-me. And don't feel bad...my decs are still up :X

cindy said...

Glad you enjoyed your run :) It was nice here yesterday, too, and I also got to run outside. Like you, it gave me more energy and I actually got caught up with the laundry later!

Hope the weather stays nice for you!

Marcy said...

Ahhhhhh what a great day to run! I wish I had also taken advantage of the day, but did not :-X Maybe tomorrow . . .maybe tomorrow ;-)

Sunshine said...

Your place and ours escaped the tornadoes! What strange January weather.

See Zanne Run said...

i LOVE weekends like that! its so satisfying! sounds like you are having the same warm spell we are having - i am headed out now for mile repeats - its 8:30 am and 62 degrees. crazy!

glad you had such a nice run!

i'm amazed that they don't plow side streets there - i grew up in new england, and they knew how to plow. but here, in kentucky - they have no idea what they are doing when it snows - except panic. and when it does snow, they don't plow side streets here either, but that doesn't surprise me - it does surprise me to hear it about michigan!