The east cost is definetly getting it good from a Nor’easter. Places like New York City have gotten feet of snow, virtually shutting down the city.
I definitely enjoy running in the snow. It always seems so quiet and peaceful…the only sounds being your own breathing and the sound of the snow crunching under the weight of your footsteps. When we lived in Pittsburgh, I used to love running through Frick Park in the snow.
There’s not much snow here in Seattle…ever. At least not at sea level. In case you haven’t heard, we just get cold rain in the winter. Running in 38-degree rain isn’t peaceful like running in the snow. On days like yesterday, when there are 20-25 mph winds, it not only isn’t peaceful…it’s down right miserable. But, it looks like there is a chance that we could get some snow in the Cascade Foothills (Cougar, Squak, Tiger) in the middle of the week:
The snow level on Wednesday is supposed to be at 1,500 feet…so, that’s promising. We’re getting feet of snow in the mountains (Cascades & Olympics) right now, so hopefully, by the time it turns sunny on Thursday, Cougar Mountain will look like the photo to the left. While running in the snow may not be the best option for me at the moment, given my still sore hamstring…it sure would be tough to pass up a peaceful run through several inches of snow in the mountains. I’ll get to try out my new microspikes (thanks Mom & Dad) for some extra traction. As much as I would enjoy running in the snow, I’m confident Achilles would like it even more. So, we’ll just have to see how things play out from a weather perspective. Worst case, even if it doesn’t snow, a few sunny days of running would be great…especially on days when I’m not working, so that I can head to the foothills for a run and several thousand feet of climbing.
If all of this “talk” about running in the snow has gotten you in the mood to head out the door and put in some miles on the powder, you’ve got two options:
1.) Get on your gear and head out (if you’re on the East Coast…shouldn’t be a problem finding snow. If you are in the Northwest, there is plenty of snow up at the passes :)).
2.) Check out this video of Anton Krupicka posted on Running Times called “The Runner in Winter.” The video has some great, great footage of the front range just outside of Boulder, Colorado. Here’s a sample image I took from the video:
If that video doesn’t make you want to get out in the snow and go for a run, then you’re pretty much a hopeless cause and should just pack your running shoes away until May.
Happy trails…whether or not they are snow covered.