If you wait for the perfect conditions, then all you’ll do is wait.
Would you go running on a day like this?
It’s ok if you answered no. I think before I started this blog, then I might have said no too. And sometimes snowy days are the best for getting indoor projects accomplished. But one of the awesome things about this blog is it has forced me outdoors when I wouldn’t normally have gone. Now when I see snow in the forecast, I think, Great! Then I can get a snowy picture. I’m trying to capture all the seasons and in order to get snowy pictures, I have to run in the snow. It’s that simple.
As a photographer, if you want the picture that no one else has, you have to be willing to put up with conditions that no one else will. Here’s a perfect example of what I mean: Just the other day, this photographer’s pictures of slurpee waves went viral. The waves off Nantucket had frozen into a slurpee consistency. He was there, in the freezing cold, and got pictures of them.
It’s the same with running. If you wait for the perfect conditions, then all you’ll do is wait.
Did you see the guest post from my cousin Vanessa? If so, then you have a pretty good idea how I got another running shot. I didn’t take as much care though because my camera was getting snowed on. Temps were in the mid-20s and there was almost no wind. The steady snowfall made me squint. I wore my snow gear mostly to keep dry and, believe it or not, I was plenty warm, almost too warm.
This was a low mileage week. I had planned on focusing my time on strength training and giving my body a little break. Over the last two weeks, I’ve had some stomach issues and this past Thursday the doctor put me on a bland diet with no dairy and no caffeine for the next week. I’m not crazy about the bland food, but what I’m really missing, especially on days like today, is the coffee. I still had a small cup this morning because I can’t stop coffee cold turkey. I could have skipped out on today’s run because sometimes running causes GI issues, but I felt fine this morning. I just think there has to be a really good reason not to run.
It looks colder in the pictures than I felt on my run. There was no wind and I was bundled. I got my snowy pictures; I got in another 3.40 miles; I got some peace and quiet. If you would go sledding or skiing on a day like this, then why not running? I have a feeling I might be singing a different tune when spring comes and we’re talking about cold rain. But light, dry snow, sure, that’s a perfect running day.