Last night we got a few inches of snow in Baltimore. Growing up in New York, I am used to getting a decent amount of snow in the winter. Since living in Maryland I have learned that this state is not as accustomed to snow storms, and it seems like the whole state pretty much shuts down for a few inches. Whenever there is even a threat of snow, schools close. (I’m exaggerating, but not really).
I don’t think Maryland is as equipped to handle the snow as some of the northern states, making it harder to get the roads and sidewalks cleared. Although I knew this, I decided to go running this morning. I waited until the sun was up so that I was sure to see any ice in my path. It was about 16 degrees but my phone said it felt like 0, and winds were 23 mph.
Before I went for my run I cleaned off my car, just to get an idea of what the conditions were like outside. My street hadn’t been plowed at all, but I figured the main roads would be better.
They weren’t. Anywhere that cars had driven was now a sheet of ice. So I headed down to the harbor to see what it was like there. In the places where there was a few inches of snow, it wasn’t bad and I was able to run. It was the places that were sort of shoveled and had frozen over again that were slippery.
I managed to get in 5 miles, which was what I wanted to do today. In the beginning I had no idea how I would cover 5 miles when I couldn’t find anywhere to run. I was able to find places that were snow-covered and I kind of repeated some areas a few times.
I am glad I did it but I am kind of hoping I won’t have to do it too much this winter. I really hate the treadmill, but I don’t think its worth breaking an ankle from falling on ice. I also ran MUCH slower than usual, but I guess that’s good since I have my long run tomorrow.
I also added a page about my favorite winter running gear, under the “Running Gear” tab on the top of the page.
Do you brave the snow/ice or head to the treadmill?
Any tips for running in the snow?