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…
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!
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
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.