“They say that every snowflake it different. If that were true, how could the world go on? How could we ever get up off our knees? How could we ever recover from the wonder of it?” – Jeanette Winterson
Have you ever thought about what your life would be like without running? Think about it, especially if you’ve run since as far back as you can remember. How would you fill the void, release the endorphins, or get that feeling of a good dripping sweat?
Something I look forward to each year is running in the snow, but snowy conditions also led to my last knee surgery. A few weeks ago I posted Don’t Take Your Health for Granted, and then this week I sustained a scary injury, in the snow. It was my own stupid fault. I know I should be extra mindful in the snow, but was distracted by the beauty around me and found myself lying face down. I laughed when it happened, but four days later I’m sitting here hoping I only pulled my groin and praying I didn’t tear a muscle.
So here’s the takeaway–if you are a snow runner, be mindful of surface conditions and watch your footing. I find freshly laid snow the safest and easiest to maintain control. Ice is the most dangerous. Well-traveled surfaces that harden are full of ruts and footprints, causing knees to twist and turn in directions they are not designed to go, and it happens ever so slightly you won’t notice until your knee swells while your watching television at night.
Run in the white stuff for sure, but be mindful of conditions and watch your footing. Slow down and be safe out there.