Seventeen degrees, "real feel" temp- 6 degrees. Icy roads, a new layer of snow. Wind blowing in bitter gusts. Icicles on eyelashes. Frosty buns.
Trees glistening in the morning sun. A deer bounding on the path ahead of me, a hawk gliding overhead. Breaths suspended in frosty puffs. Silence except for the shuffle of my shoes.
I have to admit (but not too loudly) that I love winter running. I can't wait for the sun to come up so I can get out on the trails. I love dressing in layers and shedding them as I warm up. I love being the crazy one that the treadmill runners roll their eyes at, a winter warrior! I love the clicks my screw shoes make when my path changes from snow to pavement. I love the bright colored clothes in contrast to the white and black landscape! I love the hot showers that follow. I love the way I sleep after a cold run.
Favorite winter gear? My screw shoes!! A must-have for safe running!
How to Make Screw Shoes
We have a "shoe limit" at our house - only one pair allowed at the door. Clearly, this weekend's changing weather (rain, slush, snow) helped me to exceed MY limit!
One more thought on winter running - I need some help coming up with ideas for a winter solstice run that I want to organize for our running club. I thought we could run at sunset with headlamps and end with a fire. Any ideas on inexpensive ideas that would make it a fun event?