Spring will eventually show itself. When it does, it is common to get a unique urge, the urge to get out and exercise! It is typical to see an influx of what I like to call “fair weather exercisers” on the first nice day of late winter or spring. I want to encourage you to get out and enjoy the nice spring weather. However, it is important to use caution when taking your activities outdoors, especially during the spring thaw.
Late last week, the temperatures here in Madison hit the 40-degree mark for the first time in what felt like forever. We actually had some rain, which melted away some of our snow. Naturally, I was excited to get out and go for a run to take advantage of the beautiful weather.
Given my work schedule, I was not able to get out until the sun was setting; this was my first mistake. Even though 40 degrees felt like summer following this abnormally cold winter, it is still close to the freezing mark. As soon as the sun set, the temperature quickly dropped below the freezing mark. What were wet sidewalks an hour prior quickly turned into sheer ice. Running, biking, walking, and even driving quickly became treacherous.
I managed to make it through the run with only one major scare, but I was fortunate to not have fallen. There are a few things you can do to help tackle icy spring walkways and roads.
- Exercise in the middle of the day when the temps are warmest and the sun has gotten a chance to melt away the night’s ice.
- Invest in some sort of gripping devices for your shoes or tires. If you plan on running, walking, or biking throughout the winter, studded bike tires or Yaktrax ice traction devices for your shoes might be a good investment.
- If you prefer walking, it might be best to bring your activities indoors. Many local malls open their doors early for walkers.
Stay safe out there this spring. Green grass and warm weather are just around the corner!