Winter running, it ain't so bad. So long as you're prepared and dressed smartly, you're sure to have a grand old time.
That sorta reminds me of an old timey sales pitch. It sounded different in my head :)
Anywho! I've been having fun squaring away the final miles of 2010 (I finally surpassed 2009's miles, woohoo! Final number to be revealed soon...) and getting in some much needed snow running. I had forgotten how much I really do enjoy running through the snow. Snow makes everything pretty.
Speaking of snow, Geof and I spent Christmas Eve in Eastern Iowa with some of his family, and we were lucky enough to reap the rewards of a solid snowstorm from earlier in the week, and even into that evening. After scarfing a most delicious dinner, seeing what Santa brought all the good little kids (yes, we were very good this year), and taking a tour of the Christmas Lights display in town, Geof and I headed out into the backyard and relived our youths...we romped around in more than 14 inches of fluffy gloriousness! Bundled up in our finest snow clothes, you'd have thought we were little kids seeing snow for the first time ever. We were runnig and diving into it, completely fearless; I even ate some snow, on purpose :) Snow angels a'plenty, powder balls a'flying, making sure there wasn't a single un-played-in area of the yard. Out of breath and smiling ear-to-ear, we eventually laid down in the snow, temple-to-temple, staring up at the dark sky as snowflakes fell silently. It was just perfect :)
Sunday, we decided it was time for another run after taking a couple days off. We were back home, and headed onto the path for a solid 8 miles. Unbeknownst to us, the path hadn't been plowed yet, so we were treated to a thick, fluffy layer of snow the whole way; sweet! I was testing out the newest addition to my winter running wardrobe, and after a second equally snowy and cold (yet still somehow quite sweaty) 5 mile run on Monday in the same shirt (ewwwwww, groooooooosss), the verdict is in: the Icebreaker Bodyfit 200 long sleeve shirt is the bomb diggity. One run is usually enough to tell what I'm going to think of something, but this time I needed a second opinion. You see, Icebreaker is supposed to, among other things, not be stinky. It's that whole merino wool thing. I seem to be pretty good at stinkifying running shirts, or at least leaving a deodorant scent. Not so in my new threads. I aired it out overnight on the drying rack both times (like I do for all my sweaty running clothes), and the next day the shirt smelled like it did fresh out of the package (which is this really cool slider cardboard box). Hmmm, interesting. Still no stank.
Oh, here's a picture of the shirt I got (I ripped it from the Wilderness Running Company website):