Running in a Snow Storm

In case you were wondering, it’s still snowing in Boston. We are going on 3 days straight. I have my moments of wishing for spring but then there are also moments like the picture below where it is incredibly beautiful and peaceful. What I really need to do is get up to the mountains so I can go ski!

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I mentioned yesterday, that on Sunday I ran my long run outside during the snow storm. There was not nearly as much accumulation then as there as now. I am not sure I would be able to run outside now. My decision to go outside was based on a few things:

  • Running on a treadmill for 2 hours sounded miserable
  • I run much slower on a treadmill then I do outside
  • The gym is a sauna and the air is terrible
  • I wanted fresh air and Vitamin D

Running Outside In A Snow Storm

While running in a snow storm doesn’t typically mean the sun is out and shining but I am a firm believer that just being outside and breathing fresh air helps improve your mood and attitude. I am one of those people who NEEDS to get my Vitamin D. In college my mom bought me a UV lamp that I could put on my desk and use while I was studying. It worked, but I prefer natural sunlight!

I didn’t make the decision lightly; I weighed my options and considered the safety risk but ultimately decided to give it a go on the snowy sidewalks.

Even though I wanted to go outside, I knew it might be totally unrealistic and miserable. So used my tips for running outside in the winter. I dressed in layers. I put on gym clothes under my winter running clothes in case I needed to go with Plan B and go to the gym. I wore a tank top and a pair of capri’s underneath all my winter running apparel.

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LuluLemon Tank Top // Saucony Long Sleeve Shirt // Patagonia Adze Hybrid Jacket // Sperry Top-Sider Vest // Saucony Capri Pants // Lululemon Grove Pants // Darn Tough Socks

I ran a figure eight around my house so that I could shed layers and not get too far away from the house in case the weather got worse or the sidwalks were too snowy.

Sides During Snow Storm

For safety, I stayed on the sidewalks as much as possible.  I also did not wear my favorite headphones. It was actually quite nice and peaceful running in the snow and simply listening to my breathing and the thoughts in my head :).

In general, the sidewalks were snowy and slushy, some spots worse than others. That wasn’t the worse part, the worst part was how wet and soggy my feet got – they were squeaking and super heavy by the end. But I managed to trek it through the snow and completed the 12 miles in right around 1hr 40min.

I was pretty exhausted after my run, starving and cold. I quickly made a protein smoothie, chugged it down and jumped in the shower. Shortly after I made a big wrap and then relaxed on the couch for a while.

I have to say, running outside on snow covered streets is not for everyone, but it was exactly what I needed. I was so happy to be exploring the snowy city and traveling somewhere (instead of running in place on a treadmill). In my opinion, I am way more motivated to run outside in the snow than if it is super cold.

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Would you run outside in a snow storm? Do you run long on the treadmill?

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6 thoughts on “Running in a Snow Storm

  1. I’d definitely rather run in the snow than on a treadmill for 10+ miles, too! Although I’m sure it was freezing there… too funny that you made a smoothie first thing when you got back!

  2. I would much rather run in the snow and enjoy all the sparkliness, instead of staring at a wall for 2 hours. 😀 Some people find really fun things to do on the treadmill though.

    I did do a 13 mile long run once, about 4 or 5 years ago on the treadmill, and it passed pretty quickly cause I was watching a pretty compelling film. Now, we don’t have a treadmill, so it’s either I boot myself out the house, or I forego it for something else.

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