Winter has arrived in this bit of Britain. Lots of snow, ice and freezing temperatures. Generally speaking I quite like a bit of snow and ice, after all I still like to think of my self as a climber and mountaineer; with ice climbing being one of my favourite things!
Rick Carroll leading an icefall above Angle Tarn, Cumbria © Nick Barton
Now I am mainly a runner, the snow and ice is not quite so welcome. Frozen pavements are more hazard than fun and broken bones are not good marathon preparation. I wore my Yaktrax tonight and I am glad that I did.
They are not particularly comfortable to run in and if I thought I could get away with not wearing them I would, but about seventy percent of the ground I ran on tonight was icy and despite only running about four miles, I am sure that if I had gone out without them, I would of gone over, more than once.
If things get really bad, I might have to go to the gym and subject myself to that more terrible of punishments, the treadmill. I will do all in my power to avoid that though.