An early morning run on black ice

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I've learned to look for the "sheen" on the roads or paths.

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The Provo River is freezing cold in the Winter. It's not much warmer in the summer, since snow run-off from the mountains continues throughout most of the year.

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I'm not a huge fan of running on asphalt trails, but the Provo River Trail is stunning the day after a little snow.

 

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This is a pier that I thought looked kinda cool with some snow on it. Everything looks nicer with snow.

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I wonder how many times I've been here, since we moved to west Provo, six years ago...

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A horse, trying to get a better look at...I don't know what..

It’s mornings like this that I know are going to be slow. There was a thin (very thin) sheen of black ice on about 70% of the asphalt that I ran on.  When running on black ice, you have to lift your knees slightly higher, take much shorter steps, and land as squarely as possible, or the potential of a fall is very real.

One of the less noticed benefits to running early in the morning on a cold, winter day, is that you have a preview to road conditions.  If you’re slipping on asphalt, you know that road conditions are likely similar.

Anyway, I made it down to the lake and took in the view along the way.  It was pretty cold (about 25 degrees), but I was layered up and pretty comfortable.

It’s amazing to me, some of the beauty that I find at an early hour, when out on a run.  I find great happiness in being the first one to create the footprints in the snow on a path.  It’s like winning- but without all of the money and glory…

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