if all the snowflakes were candy bars and milkshakes

I may lose readers because of this.  Just remember, I never said I was cool. 

Did anyone used to watch Barney?  You know, the big purple dinosaur?  Well, I did.  And I had a stuffed Barney.  And Barney sheets for my bed.  I remember being slightly embarrassed about this at the time, but please see the above disclaimer.  Any,way if you happened to watch the show (or have small children), you may remember this song:

If all the snowflakes were candy bars and milkshakes?
Oh what a snow that would be.
Standing outside with my mouth opened wide.
Ahh-ahh-ahh-ahh-ahh-ahh-ahh-ahh-ahh-ahh.
If all the snowflakes were candy bars and milkshakes?
Oh what a snow that would be.

For those of you who have no idea what I’m talking about, you should head over to this video to see adorable young children sing the song.  Or just ask me and I’ll sing it for you, as I happened to have a penchant for children’s songs, especially if they have hand motions.  Just ask.

Anyway, what does this have to do with running??  Well, for those of us lucky enough to call ourselves runners in the north, we get to experience little things called SNOW RUNS.  If you’ve never experienced a snow run, you are missing out.  Although it’s been quite cold in NYC, I grew up in Chicago and know that when it’s finally snowing again, that means it’s warm because it can be too cold to snow.  And snow means warm!  We got a bit of snow and some wintery mix all day here in NYC (with more to come tonight…), and I had planned to meet up for a group run with the Run Co kids, but I suppose the weather led them to cancel.  I, however, did not cancel my run and headed out to Central Park to wage war on the weather. 

Actually running in Central Park wasn’t so bad, it was getting there and back that was the worst…the sidewalks were slippery and people had gigantic umbrellas that took up the whole sidewalk.  Once I got to the park, no problem!  My foot only slipped once and otherwise it was fabulous.  Very few people were out (Side note:  Attractive man wearing orange jacket who said hi to me, I’m sure you’re reading this and we should be friends.  Moving on), and although it definitely wasn’t a day for speed, the conditions were great.  I brought my camera along to share the glory of the snow run with those less fortunate:

Snow Run January 2011 (3)

  All alone on the west side.  This actually looks kinda creepy…Snow Run January 2011 (5)

  By the reservoir…aww that’s pretty.Snow Run January 2011 (9)

  It’s almost like I’m not in the middle of Manhattan…okay, maybe not.

Snow Run January 2011 (12) Loooooooove it.

The plan was to do eight miles, but around mile 6.5 it started to snow again, so I decided I want to run some more and extend it to a ten mile run.  This was when I started singing the above song.  Around mile seven was when the snow turned to sleet and I got a free exfoliating facial, compliments of mother nature.  Thunder also made an appearance, which was a bit weird…snow thunderstorm?  How odd.

I made a slippery return back home and survived the snow, loving all except about four minutes of it when the sleet actually hurt.  Really people, get off the treadmill (or the couch!) and go on a snow run…or at least a snow walk.  They’re fabulous.

And yes, I realize that most of my running sounds like ice cream and rainbows.  I like it.

Wednesday, January 26
10.25 miles in 1:20:51, avg pace of 7:53

Snow, you’ve got nothing on me.

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My legs actually feel quite recovered from the half marathon on Saturday.  My legs were definitely exhausted on Sunday so I took the day off (before watching my Bears make a fool of themselves…) and then took myself out for some recovery miles after work on Monday.  They definitely felt tired, but keeping the pace slower helped out. 

Monday, January 24
5.4 miles in 44:35, avg pace of 8:15

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