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!

back in snowy nyc

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.

December 2010 Snow (1) Snow, trash…clear sidewalk!!

December 2010 Snow (2)Those little dots are people sledding on the east side of Central Park…

December 2010 Snow (3)Reservoir on a pretty winter day! 

December 2010 Snow (4) Annnnd sledding on the west side!

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!  :)

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