Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Running in a Winter WonderLand

Yesterday morning I woke up to discover that we had a fairly major snowfall, everything was covered in a thick white blanket, and huge crystal-like sparkling snowflakes were coming down as I drove into work.

As the day went on, the temperature rose, and the snow turned to rain, making it really slushy and wet out. I came home and by the time I was ready to run, it was dark, but the rain had stopped and it was a mild outside. I decided to venture outside for my first outdoor run since I caught that darn cold.

It was absolutely beautiful out. The moonlight was shining on the snow, and reflecting back to create a warm inviting glow. Running along, I was enjoying the beautiful Christmas lights and the light mist in the air was fresh and wonderful.


Very fairytale like. Much like this picture. Ahhh I thought to myself, I can run forever, maybe instead of 7K I'll go for 12K. Maybe I'll pick up my pace.
My thoughts turned to those smug people (you know you you are) who live in those "warm" climates and how they are just missing out. Silly, silly people, I mused, as I ran downhill, they think we Canadians are crazy for living in such conditions when THEY are the one who are missing out!
I was at a blazing speed by the base of the hill and I as I crossed onto the brigde at the bottom I lost my footing and fell flat on my a$$ (only after flying a few feet in the air first).


The bridge was a freaking ice rink.

BA HUM BUG!


So maybe there are benefits to a warm climate.....


Nothing hurt but my pride, I took a shortcut home and opted for a measly 5K. Tonight I opted for an ice-free indoor swim. Gotta love that winter running. Maybe I need to screw my running shoes like Marcy. Anyway, hope you are all having a great week, thanks for reading!

31 comments:

MCM Mama said...

I'm so not a nighttime runner (scared of the dark LOL) and I can't imagine running with snow anywhere near me. Sounds like you had a nice run until you hit the ice, though.

Stuart said...

It may be mild now, but it's hell in the summer...well it feels like it at least!

Lisa Slow-n-Steady said...

Fairytale run conditions.

Until the bridge, that is.

:-)

Melanie said...

OMG! I guess Marcy is onto something with screwing the shoes! LOL. glad you didn't get hurt

Denise said...

Aw, I was picturing your pretty run until you fell. Sorry!!! At least you're ok.

D10 said...

I've taken a spill on a bridge before too. Luckily, no body saw me...at least I don't think so.

J said...

I am afraid I will fall on the ice just walking to class much less while running! I love it when the moon is out while running!

Ted said...

I can picture that !!! Must be a beautiful run. I wouldn't mind having that kind of run maybe once a year. After that, I want warmer climate.

I am glad you didn't get hurt.

Marlene said...

Oh Marcy! Somehow I knew that was coming. Sorry about your little tumble - I also find myself caught up in the beauty of a winter run (SOMETIMES!) and one of these days I'm sure to land flat on my butt.

Marcy said...

I'm glad you're ok!!! Man I hate it when that happens.

Did you use Yak Trax? Man this scares me now LMAO! We shall see how the screw shoes work . . . .

Janice said...

I have fallen, and there was not snow, ice, ran or a rock. I hurt my anckle to bad they x-ray'd it twice before deciding it was just sprained.... I was so mortified.

Brooke said...

How funny...it snowed here too! In southern Louisiana...very very strange!

The Running Knitter said...

If it makes you feel any better, I have fallen too, and in the desert southwest, there is no ice and snow. Hope you are OK!

Bob from BlogMYruns.com said...

My thoughts turned to those smug people (you know you you are) who live in those "warm" climates and how they are just missing out. Silly, silly people,
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dang I think u called me out :-(

I am heading up North for the Holidays for 2 weeks ...hope I get some snow to run in and after two weeks of cold I will ready to go home and warm the flock back up - lol

Happy Winter Running...good visual post!

tfh said...

Laughing because this ALWAYS happens to me! The minute I start thinking "Oh, it's so lovely, this is wonderful, I could go forever," I usually trip over something. At least you have an icy bridge and not clumsiness to blame!

Nitmos said...

I'm not ashamed to admit that every winter I gazer longingly to the south. Screw winter.

Jess said...

So sorry you fell!

And yeah, like Stuart says, summer is when we have our "bad running conditions"!

Chic Runner said...

That's what you get you little smug runner! ha ha this made me laugh so hard. :) hope your bum is feeling better now, yikes be careful out there you ice skater! :)

Blyfinn said...

I love running in the moon light also. You seriously need to get som Yak Trax.

*aron* said...

oh no!!!! i can't imagine having to run through that weather!

Kim said...

I was alll "Ahhh..." until you made me bust a gut!

Glad you're okay and over that nasty cold.

RunToFinish said...

OUCH, that's what makes me weary of running this time of year. I'm hoping the yaktrax help, maybe you'll win some in HBBC.

I love your attitude about the run through ,I need to get on that path

Carly said...

Dang, I HATE that. I usually have a good splat at least once a winter while running....I usually do it with an audience. Great job getting out there and I agree...it is a beautiful time to run.

BeachRunner said...

I am so conflicted over winter. So beautiful, love the change of seasons, and Christmastime... and it is so cold, dark, evil and awful at the same time.

joyRuN said...

Oy. So sorry the beautiful peace of an awesome run had to be interrupted by a flying leap into an a$$ plant. Effin' bridge.

N.D. said...

AWww.. well it sounded nice till ya fell!! I like the pic, it reminded me of Elf when he was heading to new york.

Run Mommy said...

Your post made me giggle.. I also ended out outside and ended up doing about 4k...all the way to the gym where I ran 4 more on the treadmill and then had my husband pick me up. :)

seejessrun said...

I used to live in upstate NY and I must say, I don't miss running in the snow very much!

Thanks for stopping by with the good luck wishes!

X-Country2 said...

Oh no! I was totally with you about the beauty of night running in winter. :o) Stay warm and safe.

SuperDave said...

I don't mind snow, but windy cold sucks! I think we all can't wait for the Spring. Darn it's not even Winter yet!!!

Laurel said...

LOL!

Awesome post. You had me going with the winter beauty thing. Haha

Glad you're ok!!!