Happy Belated Valentine’s to all. So, after eating all that chocolate, what races did you chose to do? My buddies and I did the Heart Throb before Valentine’s, which brings me to my question for this week. Runners and walkers, would you rather race in the snow or the wind?
As you can see I have recently had an experience with both, and I have to say I prefer the snow. I feel that the snow is a lot like trail running only more slippery and of course colder. However, the cold I can bundle up for. Sure it means you might be wearing two long sleeve shirts, two to three pairs of socks, two pairs of gloves, two or more pairs of running tights, a tutu, scarf, hat, etc., you get the picture lots of extra weight. Still, I would take the cold and snow any day over the wind, as long as ice was not involved.
My weekend experience with the wind has helped push me into the snow camp for sure. I did two races this weekend and both races I had to deal with the wind. At Ralston Creek, in the beginning, I had an amazing time, but I turned the corner for the last mile and ran up hill with the wind trying to push me back down hill the entire way to the finish. I was impressed that my friend cut thirteen minutes off of his time from last year to take first in his age group. He falls into the wind category rather than snow. All I have to say is amazing.
Wind or snow, rain or shine, the people I run with are the best motivators in my life. My husband and daughter are great supporters as well. They know the perfect Valentine’s gift. Nano Spikes for those one degree mornings (like this up coming Tuesday brrr) and a massage for when I accidentally book 2 races on the same weekend (like this weekend).
Of course regardless of dealing with wind or snow, your time might change unless you are lucky enough to run with the wind at your back. Now that is when I would vote for wind, if it was at my back and running downhill. Scary, but I bet I could shave at least two minutes off my time. So, which do you prefer wind or snow? Lets be honest though, if you are in the same state I am in, you might just be ready for spring time running. Darn groundhog (six more weeks of winter) The prairie dogs in Colorado say it is time for spring. I know he is hard to see in the picture below, but he is there.
Don’t forget if you are in Longmont, CO, come to the Social Runs on Thursday at 6pm at Shoes and Brews. I would love to see you everyone. How are your goals going? Keep going!
My Goal: 1000 miles this year:
Up coming races:
Erin Go Braugh 7.77K March 17
CollaBEERation April 7th