Thursday, January 3, 2013

Running in the winter weather

Yesterday was my first day back to work which meant no more sleeping in.  But when my alarm went off at 5am and I looked at the temperature outside, I decided to sleep in and run after work.  It was 13F with a feels like temperature of 3F with 25mph winds.  I have run in that cold of morning weather before but I just was not feeling up to it.

After work I stepped outside and was surprised to find it was snowing pretty hard.  Big white flakes were swirling everywhere and driving was tricky.  I kicked myself for not packing gym clothes so I could run on the treadmill.  I wondered what I was going to do since I wanted to run but didn't know if the conditions were suitable.  As I drove closer and closer to my house, the snow began to taper off and when I arrived home there was no snow at all.

I quickly changed into my running clothes and headed outside just as a few flakes began to fall.  The streets were clear as I started out on my route and just to be safe I decided to stick to the neighborhood streets.  The snow began to come down and soon the roads were covered with snow.  I saw one other crazy runner out, but otherwise the streets were lonely.


Six snowy miles later I finally returned home, finished with my run and covered with snow. 


It was not a very fast run but it was good to be out in the fresh air.  I am glad I was able to get out before the snow really started coming down.  Although I am not sure running after work proved to be any better than running in the morning.  I love running in the snow but it can get slippery and dangerous.  But running in the cold, cold temperatures and wind is not very appealing to me at all.  Yesterday I chose the snow.

Which would you choose? Snow or cold wind??

11 comments:

Mon Amour said...

I would choose snow in a heartbeat. I love running as the snow is falling. If only it snowed more in Baltimore

Christy @ My Dirt Road Anthem: A Runner's Blog said...

Snow! I get so tired of running in the wind! I wish we would get more snow, I love running in it. You look pretty in your post run snow covered picture.

Running Junkie said...

Snow! If I had to choose one!

I hate being wet when it's cold outside but I realllly hate freezing cold winds.

Chelsea said...

Snow! I don't really mind snowy weather but cold/wind/ice is terrible.

Nicole Orriƫns said...

That's a tough one! Let me think… I think I'll go with the snow.

Temperatures around here are unseasonally high. I can run in my capris!

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The Many Thoughts of a Reader said...

brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

The Unlikely Runner said...

Being from Texas neither of those are things I really have to run in, but I would have definitely run after work just to see better if it was cold and icy. I would like to run in the snow, it seems so nice but I'm sure when it came down to it I'd probably chicken out and just head to the gym.

Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

I would definitely choose snow over cold. I do not like running in super cold and windy temperatures at all! I am kind of a wimp. I have not ran outdoors since December which is pretty lame but like I said, I am a wimp. The temps have warmed up a bit here, though, so I am hoping to get an outdoor run in tomorrow morning.

One Little Jill said...

I miss morning workouts so much! With my current job, I wake up at 515am as it is. I keep thinking I could work out in the morning, but then I would have to get up at like 3:30am!!!!

Allison said...

I love running when it is snowing! Too bad that rarely happens here. Of course, if it happened all the time, maybe I wouldn't like it as much.

dreambigrunner.com said...

I prefer winter running over summer running. Love the last picture of you!