SeekingBostonMarathon is an amateur's journey to race in the ultimate annual marathon--the Boston Athletic Association's Boston Marathon. This is not an olympic runner or professional runner's advice site, but an "average joe" who got hooked on running and finally reached hallowed ground in 2010 and is constantly seeking to get back to Boston.
Michelle: "Please let there be school tomorrow, Pleeeasssseeeee!"
@SeeksBoston26Mi: "Let me guess...you're not looking forward to kids spun up on Cocoa Puffs home all day?"
One of my more memorable runs in Roxborough Park
If you live in Colorado, or caught the national news this morning, Colorado is getting hit with a blizzard today. As a kid, these are the two words you love to hear, "Snow Day." Kids love it, parents "not so much." Runners are probably split on the topic.
As far as weather goes, wind is not a runner's friend. Light rain can be nice in the Spring. Heavy downpour during a race just plain sucks (see Portland Marathon write-up.) Just like rain, I've had great runs in the snow, and others (New Year's Eve last year in single digit weather in blowing snow) that tested my resolve. Having run Boston the last two years, there's no way to avoid running in the snow when you have a 16 week training program leading up to April.
With the Colorado Marathon planned for this May in Colorado, I have to be prepared and train in all weather conditions. That means, don't puss out if the white stuff flies and get your ass out there. Having said that, the forecast calls for over a foot of snow today (Friday.) My training plan calls for a 17 mile run Saturday morning. My running group, (Runners Edge of the Rockies) normally runs regardless of conditions for the reason I mentioned above, "you can't predict race day conditions."
Based on the amount of snow that's out there right now, I'm sticking with the plan to run and will have my YakTrax in the car as I'll likely need the extra traction. The good news is that the weather has been good leading up to the storm so there won't be ice underneath the snow--that's when someone gets hurt.
Current snowfall on my hot tub as of 8 AM Friday.
The question is, at what depth do I move the run to Sunday (it won't be any better,) or god forbid, indoors. Indoors leaves two options; dreadmill and indoor track. Just how dizzy do you think I'd be after 170 turns on a tiny indoor track and how sore will the legs be from all those turns? I'll take this one to a vote.