I don’t have any pictures of just the snow but this is my dog, Lucy, in the snow in November and it hasn’t gone away since then making talking about winter running very pertinent!
When I first started running, I couldn’t run in the cold. I would hurt inside my ears and my throat would burn. Once it got below 10 degrees celsius I was done for the winter. In the winter of 2011, I decided that I was going to force myself to run in the winter. I went out and bought all the winter running stuff I didn’t own (fleece lined running pants, a wind resistant jacket, and a running toque). Then when it got cold, I just kept running. It really turned out that it was that easy. As long as I didn’t take too long a break from running outside (never more than a week) then my body just seemed to naturally adjust with the changing weather.
Three years later, I actually prefer winter running because it gets awfully hot and humid here in the summer. I find running in the cold weather exhilarating! However, we’ve had very cold and snowy winter this year and it’s been a struggle to keep running outside. A few times, it has been consistently -20 for over a week. I even had to make a nose warmer (in the picture below), which didn’t work out so well because the hot air went up and froze my eyelashes. But I was trying to find ways to be able to go outside and run!
All in all, I think winter running is great. There is no better feeling than coming home from a cold run and having a nice warm shower and knowing that I actually got to spend a little bit of my day outside. But keeping up the kilometres when day after day it is frigid or snowy or lucky me sometime even both is getting to be a challenge.
My fingers are crossed that spring is coming or at least that the weather will warm up to consistently staying around freezing!