Running in the Icepocalypse….or not

January 28, 2014 | Comment


First off I hope you can sense my sarcasm every time I use the work Icepocalypse. We have had a bit of “winter” weather down here in south Louisiana. It might snow here every few years but I have never seen ice like this in my 32 years. Yeah I know the Northerners think this is nothing but us Southerners do not know how to drive in or deal with ice.

I woke up early Saturday morning to make my way to the Tchefuncte 5K in Madisonville. We had some freezing rain and some ice the day before but nothing crazy. I unlocked my car and attempted to open it….nothing. I pulled harder on the door handle…..nothing. My car was actually frozen shut. I tried my other vehicle….same thing. The foot long icicles on the vehicles should have been a dead giveaway. I walked out to the street and it was completely covered in ice too.

I made the executive decision to opt out of the race and stay home. I really really wanted to run but it would have been unsafe to drive in those conditions. I was disappointed but made up for it by going for a run later that day. Just five hours later it was sunny and 60 degrees. Got to love Louisiana weather.

Today Icepocalypse round two is upon us. Not really, but it has been sleeting steadily for about twelve hours. Today was a 3 mile run on my fitness calendar and I was determined to get it in before I started my 12 hour shift tonight.

I geared up in my Northface gloves and hat and made my way out the door to run in my neighborhood. It was barely sleeting when I started. I got some strange looks from my neighbors but they should know by now I run in the heat, cold, daylight, dark, and now sleet.

Everything was good until I turned around after the 1.5 mile mark to head back home. The wind really picked up and the sleet was coming down sideways. Lucky for me I was running right into the wind. You know the stinging yet burning sensation you get on your tongue when you eat Poprocks? Well that was my face while the sleet rained down on me like chards of glass.  I had to look down almost the entire trek back because the ice pellets were attacking me. I think I would have looked down anyway because I felt silly at this point and avoided eye contact with the few neighbors that were outside staring at me.

I made it back to the house just in time for some light snow. Then it was time to get ready for work.

After reading several other blogs I am glad to see I wasn’t the only moron running in the Icepocalyspe. Stay safe and warm tonight. I heard the abominable snowman was recently sighted, and the power will be out for 5 days, and there will be ten inches of snow tonight. Got to love over zealous news reporters. Until next time.

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