Well, it really served me right for laughing at the ice-cold bath blog earlier...
I went out to run in the snow, put on extra socks (the airholes in the top of my trainers let in very cold draughts!) and got off to a good start. That was encouraging, as my last two runs hadn't been too good.
However, the snow was melting, so within five minutes (ie just as the legs were beginning to think they'd like a rest, please) I had to splash through snow with the texture of slush puppies, and it just whooshed into my shoes. Aaagh! It was COLD! Being a wimp, I was considering turning round and coming home, to avoid possible frost-bite danger (!), but told myself not to be so ridiculous, the wetness would warm up soon.
But it took twenty minutes before my toes stopped screaming at me (and then I was wondering whether they'd gone numb... but I could feel them if wiggled, so that was another bit of ridiculousness).
It was cold out - I had a fleecy top, fleece waistcoat and long over-fleece, a buff, gloves and fleece hat with jogging bottoms. I thought I'd end up carrying a fleece or two, but the only things I took off were the hat, gloves and and buff. I was really glad of the buff to protect my face.
It wasn't an easy run, hopping round slushy puddles and running along track with one leg higher than the other, because of the camber (the top of the farm track was covered in deep slush so I ran along the edges, alternating sides to ease the hip strain), but my pace ended up overall the same as my parkrun two weeks ago. I was happy with that, even though there were only small hills/slopes, as the snow and slush made up for the big hill at the parkrun.
I'd only been going to do 30 minutes, but, surprise!, I felt ok, and decided to keep going for longer, so I didn't lose stamina for longer runs. I thought I'd done 5k overall, so was a bit disappointed to find it was only 4.8 - but that's 3 miles, which took me 45 minutes. (4mph - walking pace for many, I know, but good for me.)
The main thing though was that I was really glad I'd gone out, it wasn't horrible like the last run, and I actually enjoyed some of it, and managed to speed up a bit for the last minute. So pretty good all in all. It's good to have got my running mojo back.