On Saturday morning, I woke up to light, fluffy snowfall. My first thought was “How beautiful!” and my second thought was “Crap! How am I going to run in this?” In my renewed commitment to running outside in the winter, I layered up and hit the road.
The first thing I noticed about running on snow covered roads (my first time running in this much snow) is that you definitely have to adjust your stride. About a mile into the run, I noticed that my shins were working a lot harder, as were my arches as I fought to grip the ground.
I really wished I had purchased a pair of Yaktrax already, but in the end, I managed okay without them. I shortened my stride to give myself better balance on the slippery surface and just shuffled on for my four mile run. I nicknamed my new stride the “slow snow shuffle.”
Like last weekend’s run in the extreme cold, I only saw one other crazy person on the road! We shared a quick greeting in the camaraderie that comes with running in out of the ordinary conditions.
The run was absolutely beautiful—the ducks and seagulls on the beach were not put out in the
least by the accumulating snow. The only thing that was hard about this run was going at a much slower pace and having to keep blocking my eyes from the pelting snow on the way back!
I think this run was a confidence builder for my winter running commitment. If I could get out there Saturday, I feel confident I can get out there on just about any other day winter can throw at me!