On Thursday, it snowed. Again. I know we have no right to complain since other places (I’m looking at you, Massachusetts!) got more snow than we did. But I used to live in the aforementioned other place and not only were we more prepared for snow and ice, we just simply expected it. We had snow tires on our cars, and owned more than one shovel. And we didn’t sign up for March half marathons and end up shocked and disappointed at the issues training.
On Friday, I mentioned Thursday’s fun sledding with my boys (how cute were those cute pics?), but what I didn’t mention was my awesome run in the snow later that day! I noticed when we were sledding that the snow was grippy and not slippery. So after sledding, when the boys were nice and toasty inside, I took off my snow boots and put on my running shoes. My neighbors gave me weird looks as I ran by them as they shoveled.
But I hopped through the crazy piles of snow on street corners and ran down snow-filled sidewalks. It wasn’t so bad!
I did reach a couple of parts that were impossible, leaving me shin-deep in snow. It was an amazing workout to try and run/step through those spots. But then I reached a neighborhood where I could run in the plowed street and do 1-mile loops.
It was only slippery in one spot as I ran down a hill, so I took the section carefully on each loop.
I had to outrun a snow plow, I had muddy snow water splashed on me from a bus going by, and weird looks from people shoveling. Before I knew it, 4 miles were done and I felt amazing.
I came in, warmed up, and cooked some dinner for the family, still on an endorphin-high from my snowy run.
So on Friday, when the pool was closed again because of the weather, and all the sidewalks had frozen overnight, I felt totally off my triathlon training plan and my Rock n Roll DC half marathon training. It was such a let-down after such a great run on Thursday. I worked all day through an evening concert on Friday, so I got nothing accomplished training-wise.
Saturday morning, I was motivated. My training plan called for an 8 mile run. It was 9 degrees. In March.
I layered up and drove almost an hour to the ZOOMA Annapolis training kickoff run at Charm City Run. I wanted to get there early enough to run a little first, since I had 8 miles scheduled and the group run was supposed to be 3-5 miles.
But I hadn’t gotten home from work until after midnight and I was busy getting the boys breakfast before I could leave, so I didn’t get out the door until about 7:15am.
I arrived at the store, thrilled to get the ZOOMA party started!
We did a 1-mile loop around the shopping complex due to the conditions of their usual route. Ice, ice baby indeed. This is not water practically covering the sidewalk, it’s ice.
After the run, I chatted with some really awesome ladies who are signed up for ZOOMA (hey Val!), and even met one woman doing her first half marathon at age 62. So impressive!
I’m hoping that was the last snowy and icy running week of the winter. It’s almost mid-March and the weather has suddenly warmed up.
Here’s to springtime running!
PS – Check out the gorgeous pics of my daughter in Monday’s Reebok ZigTech kids’ shoe post!
What’s your weather like this week? Do you have a race coming up – which one?