If you’ve been around since last year, you would know that I’m no stranger to snow. We got dumped on in Pennsylvania about five times last year, and it was not so fun every time I had to shovel out my car and brave the roads to drive to work. I’m beginning to think that I bring snow wherever I go, as Pennsylvania had record breaking snow fall last year and I believe Sunday’s snow in NYC was the 6th most snow the city had ever seen.
I wonder what would happen if I moved to California…
Anyway, I grew up in Chicago and this snow doesn’t frighten me, and thirty degrees and sunny is fabulous running weather. I laced up my old shoes since I knew I’d be running in giant puddles and headed over to Central Park. Obviously I’m not going to miss a day of running just because of the snow! Although I feared for the life of my camera were I to fall, it’s old so I took it with me for some lovely NYC snow pictures.
The roads in Central Park actually weren’t that bad…twiiter folk said that the roads were runnable but kinda icy. My footing was pretty good and I was easily entertained by all the people trying to walk around (pulling their kids on little sleds!) and by watching people sledding on the little hills. Only a few other nuts were out running…we’re good people. :) Fabulous winter run, undeterred by the snow!
Tuesday, December 28
8.25 miles in 1:04:13, avg pace of 7:47
Today was a day off for me, and I spent the morning procrastinating like crazy…I have no idea why since I love running, but I guess since it was my main activity for the day it didn’t really matter when I got started. I wanted to do a long run since I feel like I haven’t done one in awhile (that’s a lie…), but in the morning I didn’t really feel like it. I checked my mileage for the year and realized I was at 1,289 miles for 2010. (I basically took three months off due to injury, gah!) Basically that made me realize I needed to run at least 11 miles! My original plan had been to do 16 or 18, and once I got out there and running, I decided that 18 it would be. No idea why, running just felt fabulous!
I headed over to the west side since I heard more twitter reports (thanks everyone!) that the path was awesomely clear for running…and it was! The main problem was fighting all the crowds on the way over to the west side, and there are TONS of people out and they don’t walk so fast. That’s the only annoying part about running on the west side! Anyway, I finally made it over there and headed south to Battery Park, where I ran into EIGHT MILLION TOURISTS. Oh my goodness, that was a bit of a nightmare! I did get to wave to the Statue of Liberty, so that was cool. Nine miles out and I turned around and headed back.
The way back was a bit more interesting as I almost ran right into a biker…totally didn’t see him coming, and he was actually coming between a group of people who were taking up the ENTIRE walkway. Oops. Sorry biker dude! I tried to make up for that incident by thanking to snow shovels about seven times when I ran past them…seriously, the path was awesome! Also, major thanks to the cute guy who smiled at me around mile 16…I’m sure I looked like a train wreck.
Thursday, December 30
18.4 miles in 2:22:56, avg pace of 7:46
Snow and tourists can’t keep me down!