Wind or Snow? Which do you prefer?

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

Run the Community

I am now half way through my Six Pack Series of runs. I ran on Saturday and it was beautiful. It is the beginning of February and I have already taken a minute of my time from last year. I was so excited. Maybe just maybe I’d get my certificate, but of course no. Yes, I ran better, but so did everyone else. The first place runner ran the 5K in 21 minutes. All I can say is wow! First of all girl power, you go! I also discovered I like spring and summer running much better than running in the cold, but I will persevere. The groundhog says 6 more weeks of winter and I say bring it on! Next Six Pack Series Run adds miles.

After my run, I had my first ambassador meeting at Shoes and Brews which brings me to my running community. I met some amazing women who I can not wait to run the Thursday night community runs alongside. There were so many of us and we were all eager to talk and learn about each other.

I have to admit I was so nervous because of my struggles to be competitive and my concerns about my time. I thought I would be out of my league. Everyone was so supportive and excited about our new adventure. Join us at Shoes and Brews for our community runs each Thursday at 6pm. Runners are so supportive, so share about your running community.

How are your goals coming? Don’t give up! I’m here for you, but don’t forget to take a well deserved rest.

First goal complete for January

only 943.77 miles to go this year eekkk.

Upcoming races:

Heart throb February 10 3W

Collabeeration April 7