So we know when it comes to running, you can’t expect perfect weather all of the time. Earlier this week I was running in short sleeves in 50 degree weather. This morning I woke up and it was 20-degrees and snow was in the forecast. Surprise! It’s February, not April.
Considering Friday it was only 13*, 20 was a warm-up. But there was a winter weather advisory for this morning… Sure I could have just rolled back under the covers when my alarm went off at 6, but luckily I had hooked up with another running group that was meeting up, no matter the weather. So I piled on the layers–tights with winter running pants, Cold Gear shirt, 3/4 zip pull over, fleece, vest, and neck cover–and headed to the rendezvous point. I knew I had on a lot of layers, and after the first mile I took off the fleece, and then I was fine.
I was aiming for 9-10 miles and ran with a group of runners going around a 10-minute mile pace. I was alright with going slower because I knew the route would be slick and i didn’t want to fall.
The snow started falling after we started on our run. I was thankful for borrowing my husband’s neck cover so I could cover my face to protect it from the snow and to help my breathing. There were points I wasn’t able to really look forward because of the snow pelting my eyes (totally need skier’s goggles), so I was happy to have others to run with who can let you know if we’re turning or a car is coming up.
There were some slick spots (we saw some spots where the runners ahead fell), but I was able to stay on my feet–go me! There were a couple of points we walked for a while because we were nervous about the going. So, yes, the time wasn’t as fast as it could have been on a dry, “prefect” day. But, that’s OK. I still got out there and ran and enjoyed the company and tales of other runners.
So here are my splits:
Mile 1 – 10:23
Mile 2 – 10:14
Mile 3 – 10:28
Mile 4 – 10:41
Mile 5 – 12:57 (really slick spots where we walked, plus a hill that we took slower)
Mile 6 – 10:27
Mile 7 – 10:47
Mile 8 – 10:33
Mile 9 – 10:18
Mile 10 – 11:22 (snow was really heavy the last two miles!)
0.2 Nubbin – 2:01
Total – 2:01:54
By the time we were done, my eyelashes were so heavy with snow/icicles and my front was caked in snow! Craziness!
After ordering a chai latte at Starbucks, I braved the snow-covered roads (it had snowed 3 inches during my run) to head home for a hot shower. Now we’re relaxing and debating going bowling with friends later.