first snow run of 2015

After working four shifts in a row, I mostly look forward to not setting an alarm for a 6am wake up call.  Once I move past that, I’m excited to get out for a run.  Four shifts can be physically and emotionally exhausting, so I don’t always have the most pep in my step for that first run, but I always look forward to it.  Today, I had a little more urgency to get my run in because of the impending blizzard scheduled to hit NYC and the rest of the Northeast this afternoon/evening into tomorrow.  NYC is in panic mode, but I wanted to get in a run before the snow got too bad.  Jess summed it up pretty well…

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Eric went to Fairway yesterday (they apparently ran out of eggs), so luckily I didn’t have to face the madness of an NYC grocery store before a storm.  It’s worst than shopping the day before Thanksgiving, that’s for sure.  As a side note, I can’t be snowed in tomorrow because I still have to go to work.  Good thing Eric got me boots for Christmas…

The plan for my run today was to be nice and easy.  I needed to “run” an errand, as I had to pick up a prescription at my old pharmacy on the Upper East Side.  The sidewalk was a mix of totally clear, not clear at all, salted, and kind of icy.  It certainly made for a cautious run to the park, but Central Park was gloriously clear.  I’ve always found that no matter how bad of a storm we get, the city manages to clear the park roads well and in a timely fashion.  With this in mind, I was a little sad to be heading out of the park to get to the pharmacy, but it was exciting to return to my old neighborhood!  I ran past my old apartment and wondered how the new tenant is liking (or not liking) it.  A quick stop in at the pharmacy and back home I headed.

One reason I like running in the snow is how warm it is – growing up in Chicago, you learn that it can be too cold to snow, so temperatures in the 20’s really aren’t that bad.  Plus, the snow cloud serve as a blanket, holding in some heat.  (That’s not based on science, in case you were wondering, just my theory.)  The snowflakes seems so peaceful, and the cooler temperatures and less-than-ideal conditions (plus the fact that I run during normal business hours…) make for a fairly empty park.  Despite living in a big city, I still love solo runs, and this is one of the ways it happens! 

central park Perfection.

Of course, all this peacefulness went right out the window when I exited Central Park and almost got hit by a car.  Thanks for running the red light, car.

Despite some slower miles due to the unsure footing on the sidewalks, the run evened out overall, and I enjoyed some time out in the snow.

Monday, January 26 – 5.42 miles in 43:34, avg pace of 8:02

image Hooray.

I finished up my workout for the day with some Jillian Michaels – I’m still doing Week 1 since some of the moves are still quite challenging.  (Do chest flys ever get easier?)  Plus, I took many days off since I was working all the time, and I’m still trying to motivate myself to get the workout in on days that I work.  I was covered in sweat and have felt a bit tired post-workout, so I guess that means I’m doing the workout properly!  I made Eric retreat to the bedroom for the duration of my workout because I don’t want anyone to see me attempt to side lunge with an arm raise, haha.  Props to people who post workout videos, I can only imagine what I look like…

I’m spending the rest of the day kicking back and seeing what the weather will actually bring – we’ve got some big snowflakes coming down as I type, so who knows.  Gotta rest up for tomorrow – rough weather usually leaves us short staffed at work, so I have to be prepared!  (Dress warm, everyone!  No frostbite for you!)

Do you run in the snow?  Did you buy all the groceries to survive the storm?  Will you get a snow day tomorrow?  Make me jealous.

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

Back in action in no time!

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