Monday evening the TV weather guessers predicted that we'd get just a dusting of snow overnight. I was up at 5:30 for my Tuesday morning run and the flurries were just starting to fall. By the time Janet and I were done with our run, there was a dusting on the ground. But it kept snowing and with the inches piling up the schools finally called it a snow day at about 8 am. My work is only a mile away, so I decided to walk it. The freeways were gridlocked and the only other people at work were those like me who could walk or easily take the bus. It stopped snowing by noon, but the temps hovered around 29 and the skies stayed cloudy so nothing was melting. Finally, at 2 pm the powers that be told us to leave and I walked back home. Officially we got 3 inches, but with drifts, it was probably closer to 6 inches and more in spots.
Marc was so glad to see me, because he had been itching to try out his new x-c skis. As soon as I got home he headed out the door and was gone for 3 hours.
Marc faces the driveway challenge head on!
By 6 pm all the school districts and universities had announced that they'd close again today. My work hardly ever closes so I was expecting my regular routine this morning. I was delighted to hear that the temps weren't expected to rise above freezing because I really wanted to run on SNOW! And I got my wish. I headed out a bit earlier than usual this morning, just in case there were drivers out trying to get a head start on what would be a rough commute.
One of the reasons I love running in the early morning is because of the quiet and relative lack of cars. The snow only amplifies this peaceful ambiance. Very few cars were out and those I saw were driving verrry slowwly. The roads were covered in packed snow, but because it hadn't really melted it wasn't icy. I alternated between running in the streets and running on the sidewalks where it was more powdery. I was only out for 4-1/2 miles and at a relatively slow pace. But running on the snow definitely felt like it worked my legs more than usual. It was great! And likely my last chance to run in the snow this time around. The temps are supposed to rise today and while I don't think the snow will be gone by tomorrow's run, it's likely to be much more icy. And I don't do ice very well.
When I returned at 6:15 I turned on the TV to discover that my work had closed! So I got to cap off one of my favorite runs with a few of my other favorite things....a hot shower and a nap!