Hello, and happy Monday! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend, and if you are down South, I hope you stayed inside since Winter decided to finally show up to the party this weekend. I’m no stranger to seasonal weather being outrageously inconsistent; alongside it’s BBQ and being such a red state that I’m surprised it doesn’t glare from space, Texas is mostly known for wacky weather patterns. Waking up to 70 degree weather on a Monday, and then snow on a Thursday isn’t entirely out of bounds for this region, but man when cold weather rolls in, it doesn’t play. This weekend was two day ice water bath of cold temps and wind. While Friday wasn’t too terrible, by the time Jake and I got back from dinner around 8:30 pm that night, we could start to feel the temps dropping and knew we’d be in a cold Saturday morning. Cold temps aside, I was determined to make it out Saturday morning for a run because I new shoes to try! For Christmas Jake gifted me an Amazon gift card which I used to make the switch back to Saucony, specifically the Saucony Kinvara 5 RunShield.
You may remember earlier last year when I made the move to Asics after having worn my beloved Saucony Kinvara for a little over a year. While my Asics were great, about early November I began to notice to some pains in my left hip after short runs and felt like it may be due to the shoe. We had a great run (pun intended), but I was ready to get back to Saucony, and it’s electric green color scheme.
Saturday morning I set out with seven miles on the mind, but ended up clocking in eight! I’m proud to report that I experienced zero hip pain after the run, nor did I feel any great discomfort breaking in the shoe. It’s almost as if I had been wearing them all along! This is almost Cinderella glass slipper magic, but I think the real credit just goes to a straight up well made product. As for the “RunShield” feature, which is the shoe’s water resistant feature, I can’t attest too much since I was running in dry conditions, but I am excited to see how well it works next time I find myself in some inclement weather (this is the only time you’ll find me pumped for inclement weather). As for the rest of the run, most of the trails in my area are flooded from the rains last week, so my route took me mostly through neighborhoods.
I imagine this route will still be flooded for quite some time, and will probably continue to get worse now that winter and it’s good friends “Ice and Snow” will make their debut soon. I friggin’ hate winter, y’all. I hate wearing a million layers (cut to me this July complaining about the heat), and I hate when cold and wet temps keep from my favorite routes. Oh well. I suppose in the mean time I’ll just be creepily running by people’s houses on weekend mornings dressed like I put on my entire closet until the water dries up and I can get back on the trails! Are any of you dealing with a difficult winter? I hope you all staying warm and dry, and let’s maybe get an online petition going to remove this season from the year. If a Netflix doc can get a petition to the White House, then I can definitely get one moving to eliminate a few months of the year, right? No? Okay cool, I’ll go put on another sweater then.