If you haven’t heard already, we are having some unusually cold and snowy conditions here in the Seattle area. I assume this is what led a runner in my area to ask me on Twitter the other day: “How do you dress for snow and ice runs?” I responded: “Long pants and sleeves, gloves, hat that covers your ears. Some use YakTrax for icy runs. Mostly, I go to the gym.”
But Tuesday afternoon I went out. It was 25 degrees and sunny with 5 inches of snow on the ground.
I dressed warmly, of course. Took my own advice. Long pants, which I pegged (hey, it’s coming back in style and if you don’t believe me buy any fashion magazine) and tucked them into my wool ski socks, long-sleeved shirt with thumb holes, a light shell jacket and two pairs of gloves. Oh, and a hat that covered my ears, of course, and sunglasses. I looked like a total dork.
Anyway, I didn’t care. I set out on the trail, which looked magical all covered in snow. I learned a couple of things out there:
1. Running in the snow is fun because you have to watch your foot placement. In that way, it’s a lot like trail running.
2. Running in the snow is slow because you have to watch your foot placement. In that way, it’s a lot like trail running.
So, if you like to run trails, you probably would like running in the snow. As I went slowly along, watching for icy patches, I smiled because I was having so much fun! I also thought about how I would organize this very blog post.
Soon, I spotted two women runners coming at me in the opposite direction. As they passed me, I realized they were high schoolers. Probably cross country runners. They were hauling ass. Left me in their snow dust.
I kept running, but started rewriting this blog post in my head. So, you don’t have to run slow after all.
And then I saw her. It was as if someone plucked this woman out of an ad exclaiming “Visit Florida!” (which happens to be where we just got back from), and dropped her here — a winter wonderland. She was fixing her iPod, but that’s not the first thing I noticed. Nope.
I noticed her legs because she was wearing shorts. Not just any shorts, but short shorts that went up on the sides like the way they wore them in 1980s workout videos. And her legs! They were so tan they were almost red. Her hair was the same color as her goldenrod hoodie.
Once again, I rewrote this blog post. You want to know how to run in the cold and snow?
Any way you want to.