March in Stockholm is a month of expectation. After 4 months of snow, there finally seems to be an end in sight. The sky gets noticably lighter every day; the temperatures hover around and then rise above freezing, if only by a couple degrees. With this inbetween weather, pedestrians are subject to the hazards of ice that melts during the day and then re-freezes at night, creating a slip ‘n slide on every horizontal surface. And so it was on Saturday that I experienced first-hand what makes people tread so carefully.
I try to run every Saturday morning, and have done so through most of the winter, whether there were 3 feet of snow on the ground or sheets of ice covering the sidewalks. I’ve boasted about my record of falls so far – 0 – and was pretty confident I would make it through my first winter in Sweden without injury, well-balanced and fearless of the cold.