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Winter is here - I love running outside!


Friday, December 07, 2012

We had some snow in the past few days, but in the city it mostly melted away.
But this morning it was -5 oC / 22 oF and bright sunshine.

Last winter I purchased all the winter running clothes I need, so I put on my two warmer runner shirts, a fleece headband to protect my ears, thin gloves and the usual pants, socks and shoes. And some lip balm.

The trail was covered with packed snow, but it was not icy so traction was good.
After a few minutes I wished one of my shirts was thinner, because it was somewhat too warm.
But otherwise the run was perfect.
The trail is on the north-east side of the hill, parallel with the crest.
There is a perfect view now that trees lost all their leaves, so I could see about hundred miles. The hillside along the trail is very steep so it is really like flying!

The snow was bluish-white in the shadows but there was pale golden sunlight on the top of the trees, and sometimes on the trail too.
I thought the snow would slow me down, but my speed was OK, 9:24 min/mile.
That's my usual speed on these 4.5 miles now.

I met five runners, who seemed pleased too : ))

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PMRUNNER 12/8/2012 5:59AM

    Sounds nice! Thanks for sharing!

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KANSASROSE67 12/7/2012 10:48PM

    I enjoy running when it's cold too...although NOT when the wind is blowing 30 mph, which happens quite often here!

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ROXYZMOM 12/7/2012 9:55PM

    My goodness, that is cold! I am a wimp running in the high forties!

Do you wear regular running sneakers on the snowy hills? I would worry about falling. I think it's great that you enjoy it..nice time!

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MOBYCARP 12/7/2012 6:12PM

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I like running in the cold weather, too; but I didn't get good at running in the snow last winter before I banged up my foot.. Depending on the weather, I might adapt to it this winter.

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GIRLSEEKSTRIBE 12/7/2012 12:10PM

    It's odd, I used to HATE the cold. Then last January I started the C25K program and now I actually love walking/running outside in the winter. After a few minutes you warm up and don't feel the cold anyway. It's really helped me get over my winter phobia. Of course, it doesn't snow in NC (I know, I'm kind of a wuss ;)

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OPTIMIST1948 12/7/2012 11:37AM

    More power to you! I think I could do it - I'm just CHICKEN!

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MONA791 12/7/2012 11:34AM

    Good for you that you like winter. I really hate it. I wish it would be spring at last. Then comes summer! My season :-)

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RG_DFW 12/7/2012 10:56AM

    sounds great... keep it going

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FIRECOM 12/7/2012 8:49AM

    Sounds like fun. I wish I was able to run but that is no longer am option.

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