Run Envy……

I am absolutely GREEN with envy knowing that I am not out enjoying the first run in the snow with the F’N Running Club.  Ugh!  Happens to all of us Mom’s, right?  We sacrifice what we want in order to make the family work…..or be available so Daddy can pull some OT on a Saturday.  This is why I don’t see many of you on Saturday mornings, cuz 99% of the time Daddy is working so we can make the house payment.  Obviously, him working is slightly more important than my running but it doesn’t make it any easier on Ms. TooTall!  So in an attempt to not feel sorry for myself too bad about sitting inside, I dug up a photo of one of my favorite snow runs. 

This photo is several years old…….a grassy trail that is part of the Hickory Creek Extension off of Old Plank.  I would have never ran a grassy trail had it not been frozen and snow-covered.  It was taken on Jan 13, 2009 and one of my last Saturday runs before the doc cut me off from running since I was actually preggo with Mr. Michael.  Hubby wasn’t working this day because business was slow and they were down to 4 days a week which allowed us plenty of extra time for baby making.  I showed up for a group run and I was the ONLY one who didn’t wimp out had gotten “up and out”.  Since I was there, I ran anyhow.  So glad that I did, this was a perfect day and it is a great memory.  I really do enjoy the snow.

Today is not even close to being the same.  We only have a slight dusting thus far but the snow continues to fall magically.  It would be nice to get a little accumulation so we the kids can go out and play.  Here are a few photos from the yard.  Lots of zoom action on this photo, the girls were all the way in the back of the yard, by the field….the tree line is a creek.

Across the road looking toward a different field.

If you were fortunate enough to get out this morning and happened to grab a pic of the snow dusted trails, send it to me or post it on the TooTallFritz facebook page!  What are your favorite running conditions?    Do you find the beauty in all the seasons or are you just a fair weather runner?  Tell me!

Cheers,                                                                                                                             Amanda – TooTallFritz                                                                     

4 thoughts on “Run Envy……

  1. I’m sorry you didn’t get to join us! We had a great run. Will you be able to get out tomorrow morning? I won’t be there – going to see my niece at a Christmas play at their church. (Really just an excuse to be photo-stalker Aunt Maggie, that kid is so photogenic.) So I’m glad I was able to get the miles in this morning. I almost debated not going because the roads were a little slippery, but I figured I’d try anyway and could always turn around if they were bad. There were doable if I took it slow. (Which I did, and probably annoyed the drivers behind me, OH WELL.)

    • I will be out there tomorrow, although I need to figure out where it is located because I really have no idea. I can’t even think where Gougar is located. NL is way out of zone….never go there, hoping hubby knows. Hubby worked this morn, then is “running errands” so I won’t get anything in today unless it’s super short. I don’t want to stairmaster cuz it makes my legs heavy. Enjoy the play tomorrow!

  2. Ya I can find the beauty of running thru the seasons…it’s almost a necessity if you run spring and fall marathons…you will be training year round. Obviously winter is the hardest since I don’t fare well in cold temps…too much apparel to stay warm…shoes and pavement that feels hard…difficult to find a steady flow in gait. It was quite scenic seeing that light, fluffy flakes floating down…but with a 12-mile long-run to do in the hills of Palos…thoughts of beauty faded as me and my run-partner that morning contended with slick or slushy sections along the edge of the road, seemed like there was a greater tendency to “dig-in” and fore-foot strike…and harder on the “push-off”….the cumulative effect over 12-miles greater tightness and soreness in the knees and hamstrings. Acclimating to winter running takes me the longest of all the seasons. I fair best in temperatures 50F or warmer.

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