That’s the sound my shoes make when running through the snow. Crunch crunch. I love that sound and the rhythmic pounding of my running shoes hitting the ground.
Although I had planned a list of errands for this past weekend, I barely made it out of the house. And the one time we did – to meet friends for brunch – we drove and found ourselves sliding all over the place and driving at about 10mph. It appears that winter has finally arrived here.
We got a ton of snow, blizzard warnings for part of the state, road closures, single digit temperatures, and more snow this weekend. So we’ve been cozying up inside with movies, books, and holiday music. And my bikes stayed nicely parked inside our garage.
Although I’m curious to give cycling in these new conditions (snow) a try, I was in no hurry to do so this weekend. I’m waiting for a bit of salt to hit the roads and for some snow ploughs to come through first. But I did strap on my running shoes and go for a winter run on Saturday and Sunday. With my dog, Indie.
Although I have some trepidation about cycling in the snow, I remember that I felt that way about running in the snow my first winter running outdoors as well. And now I love it. I can’t say why, but winter running through snow covered trails and roads is a ton of fun for me. And for my dog, who was equally thrilled to find this fluffy white stuff on the ground on Saturday afternoon.
I know how to change my stride in the winter (a shorter stride with smaller steps helps keep your balance more) and I know how to dress effectively for it. Thus equipped, winter running is enjoyable and refreshing and the perfect way to enjoy the outdoors when you don’t have access to other fun winter sports like snowshoeing, skiing, or sledding.
And I know Indie couldn’t agree more.
I’m keeping the same open mind about cycling in snow covered roads. I know it will take a change in technique and balance and I will likely be going much much slower (just as I run slower on snow covered roads), but with a bit of patience and sense of adventure, I’m sure I’ll figure how to best make it work.
PS: Indie accompanies on all my runs and I use a hands-free running leash for dogs to strap her to me (you can see the purple thing going around my waist in the image above). It’s great for keeping your balance while running by not having a dog pull you from one arm, causing you to run with one part of your body pulled unevenly forward. I also use a Gentle Leader because Indie (a blue heeler & black lab mix) is super fast and incredibly strong. I need the Gentle Leader to enforce the idea that she needs to gently lead me on our runs.