Monday, January 10, 2011

Workout ... Snow Run

            Course:  Jacomo Loop
                Miles:  10            
                Time:  1:18:46
       Avg Pace:  7:53/mile
         Workout:   Snow & Light Hill Run
               Temp:  23 Degrees, Wind 10NE
          Calories:  1182
  Total Ascent:  758 ft
            Avg HR:  163 bpm
Miles this week:  14

Woke up this morning to about 2" of snow already on the ground and heavy snow falling. 
About 2" of snow
Cold ... but OKAAAAY!!!
Let's roll slide!!!

Running in the snow takes a lot more energy and works a few different muscles, and honestly I wasn't planning on working out this hard this morning.  But hey, as the old saying goes, "When life gives you snow, make lemonade."  Also I love winter runs like this, 'cause as a guy I can stop and write my pace in the snow. (only kidding mom)

Snow falling at 5:30AM
My legs felt good, but my heart rate was a little more elevated than I would have liked.  But that was because of the Jacomo Loop Hills and running up 2-3% grade for about a mile on a snow-covered path.

Footing was a little sketchy at times, especially going up hill.  Also, I missed a snow covered street curb and almost fell down.  But, I didn't see any mountain lions - which is great! 

Also, for some reason, even though the wind was blowing almost exclusively from the East, it seemed like every direction I turned, snow was blasting me in the face.  Weird!  This wasn't the light, pretty, peaceful, snow flurries I ran in on Saturday.   This was more of a snow shower with small stinging flakes.

Snow still falling at 5:31AM
I'll definitely take it REALLY easy tomorrow.  Today's time wasn't anything to write home about, but it definitely gave me a good workout.  I'll be a little stiff with lactic acid building later.  Hopefully, I can get a light workout in this evening with about 30 minutes of walking to cool down.  I'll stretch throughout the day too.


  1. Nothing like running in the snow! And there's a reason the Inuit have 1000 words to describe it.

  2. Great job! I will be running today from the warmth of our home :)

  3. I really hate snow, but will admit that I don't mind running in it. There's something a bit peaceful about it, and it does give your body a bit more challenge. Great work.

  4. Oh, I love getting out in the snow! Thanks for stopping by my blog. I was looking around and I see you ran Grandma's! It is on my list.

  5. Suzy, I just wrote my Grandma's review today actually - It wasn't my favorite, but I had a lot of other things going on. Good luck with it and enjoy!

  6. It's 5:30 a.m. and you are running in the snow. Wow.

    And yes Jim, that is the Pacific Ocean I run next to. And, it's 84 degrees all year long.

  7. I love snow runs. Not so fond of ice runs and that looks like what I'll have tomorrow.

    Stopping by from Detroit Runner.


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