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Coming back from injury

2 December 2018

 

To take a quote from Peter Sagal; I don't know when I stopped being a guy who runs and started being a runner happened but here I am… I had not run for 26 days...does that take away my identity as a runner?

 

In November, I ran the New York City Marathon. Scroll down for some thoughts on my experience with that. It was the end of my racing season (yes; that's a thing.)

I fell apart towards the end of the race (I did not feel 💯 going into the race.) I finished under 3:30 which is still good and super beatable next year; but a story for another time.

 

About 2 days after the race I could barely walk. It was not the normal ache and pain of endurance sports.

I knew something was wrong.

But it didn't feel tied to running (or was it). Was this the dreaded pain which I have averted for 4 years.

Was this IT band pain?

Was this hernia?

 

All I knew is that it was increasingly difficult to stand, sit, walk or sleep. I developed uncomfortable feelings in very personal areas. I naively thought that maybe it was because I slept in jeans causing irritation and swelling; but that's silly...I've slept in my work clothes before and nothing happened…

I actually asked my wife to make a doctor appointment for me.

 

I don't know why I was so different health wise from September (for context; I needed a physical in order to run the Berlin Marathon a d the doctor was impressed with my health statistics.)

I was getting a rash in unmentionable places 😖😖. I described my pain to the doctor and before she examined me (awkward AF BTW) she said it sounds like you have shingles.

 

Shingles doesn't usually afflict 30 something-ers...it afflicts 50+ For.more information go here.

 

Post examination the doctor confirmed what I had was the worst case of shingles she has seen, primarily because of placement.

 

“Do you have a lot of stress going on in your life? "

😐…

🤨…

 

Any way.

26 days later I am finally in a position to start running again.

 

That was a somewhat long preamble to what I wanted to talk out, but you're here for a story; right?

When did I become a runner?

When I surveyed people on an interesting fact about me, a lot of it was centered around running.

 

My boss at one point asked why I don't work in the running / athletic space (that took me a bit by surprise but he assured me that was not a leading statement but more of a conversation)

 

FYI. If you know of a job that will pay me to run enter that info in the comments 📧😂😂

 

I never thought that a “runner” was someone who ran recreationally. Wasn't a runner someone who won races or qualified for the Olympics; not a “weekend warrior”.

 

And, how can I, a runner, not run for a whole month.

 

Aaaand what does not running say about how I identify myself.

 

A runner is any person who puts one foot in front of another in rapid succession to get from one point to a other.

You dont have to be fast.

You just have to do it.

You dont have to run marathons to be a runner.

You just have to move.

 

But coming off an injury / illness is rough because your mind doesn't always register what the body has lost while it hasn't been exercising. 

 

 

Injuries afflict most runners at some point. When addressed early, many injuries can be remedied with rest and training plan adjustments. But more serious injuries may require weeks or months away from running. How can you best stay fit during all that time off? No athlete wants to be sidelined by an injury. Running may be what you love best, but try to use time away from the sport to help yourself come back stronger.

 

Both endurance-oriented cross-training and strength work can be used to maintain your aerobic fitness and strengthen the supportive structures that help you run injury-free.

Certain types of cross-training such as pool running, cycling and the elliptical are the most running-specific, meaning your fitness translates most readily to running.

Other types of cross-training, such as strength training, swimming and yoga, are more complementary to running.

 

 

Always follow your doctor’s guidelines as to what type of cross-training is suitable to your injury and recovery process

New York City

5 November 2018

 

Disclaimer... this is more of a monologue and brain dump than a proper blog post.

 

It looks like I made it folks... After 4 years of entries to the lottery, no dice. But this year; thanks to a partnership with  BibRave  I was able to get in.

For those of you that don't know; the New York City Marathon was the only marathon I longed to do. You can call it idealism or sense of nostalgia; but NYC was (is?) my Boston.

Running this race puts a log of things into perspective.

 

I'm just a guy running...

 

There are people running with disabilities and people running for causes. There are people running to escape awful circumstances and I’m just running to run.

Because I can.

Because I want to...

 

Any way...Despite the #itwillmoveyou social tag, I wasn't moved like I was in Berlin. But I will be back to run NYC again.

In Berlin I was emotional because of the meaning of the course and the possibility of world records being broken that day. I think i was more wrapped up in the experience in Berlin.

New York was just another day. I spent the day before working and driving.

I missed all my 'pre-race routines' I barely ran or stretched the week leading up to the marathon. I was in really rough condition the night before and that morning. Those aren't excuses, but data points, and ways for me to change in the future.. New York City is a phenomenal race and I want to do it again.

 

I feel like the logistics of the course and the crowds can't be matched. I think that if the weather was bad I would have a different opinion; but the weather was perfect and it solidified the race as a must, regardless of what's going on.

I think its the only race I’m okay with paying for....

 

Onto the Race:

 

I flubbed it.

I ran a poor race.

I went out too fast, when I realized what I was doing, I had a difficult time reeling back the pace. I didn’t hit my goal time, and I actually had to walk to prevent from dying (okay not literal dying, but I felt like I wanted to.)

Thinking about the race pragmatically:

1) did I hit my goal time - no

2) did I leave anything in the tank - not really

3) did i execute to the stragety - no (how could i have hit my goal if I didn't execute to the strategy.....)

 

I Loved the course for the New York city marathon; but logistically getting to the start is a big of a big deal.

In Berlin  I felt the start line was pretty easy to get to; and the finish line is near the start line so getting back to my hotel was a breeze.

Chicago was similar. Start and finish are feet from one another.

The start corrals are murder in Chicago because there are so many people and you feel like a herd of cows. 

 

New York city has start villages which are epic

EPIC

The start corrals, which are almost premium start areas because of the start assignments and port-o-johns just for your group, are much better than Berlin or Chicago.

But getting to the start line is a pain.

Train, boat, but then run....maybe it was the worlds first triathalon?

 

The finsih was murder also.

These people make you walk from the finsih line another mile to get your bag or poncho.

then they leave you off on Central park west...

 

 

Chicago (test post)

I ran the Chicago Marathon this year in support of Ronald McDonald House Charities.

I had a deliberate plan when I started the year, which didn't come to fruition; but I ran 2 Marathon PR’s leading into Chicago.

Based on how I felt in Berlin, my Chicago goal was 3:15:ish.

I didn't think that Berlin had taken as big a toll on my legs as it did...but you live and you learn…

There are two conflicting feelings going on right now.  

1.) I ran my second best time ever.  I ran strong and consistent. I made a plan and stuck to that plan and executed a bit later than I wanted, but finished strong and without pain.

2.) I didn't hit my goal...the goal I feel I am capable of...The goal I know I have in me...

2.a.) Did I leave something in the tank?

 

 

I was able to connect with some famous runners this trip and we talked about things like mental barriers, about courses we have both run, and about creating a family business out of shared passion which made the Chicago Marathon very “eventy" and somehting I will remember until the inveitable alzheimer'sor dimentia sets in.

 

But most importantly I met some amazing people People who inspire me.

People who without knowing me have confidence in me. People whom have seemingly unconditional respect for me….and I for them. Back to the run. I would absolutely recommend running this race once. I do not know if I personally would come back to Chicago (but I said i never wanted to run a Marathon and here we are…) I think the highlights of this particular race are the juxtaposed buildings you pass through your brief tour of Chicago. You pass massive towering modern structures which feel like their sole purpose is to make you gasp and look up Then almost immediately you pass stone facades and and “historic” looking buildings… And then seemingly out of nowhere is the familiar blue a frame roof of an ihop… Insert photo I guess running through Chicago is like running through and major us metropolitan city. Bit it felt different. The weather was in a word tumultuous. It was raining, the not, then humid, then raining, it needed to make up ita mind 😂😂😥 But I like the rain. The rain isnt why i didn't hit 3:15 which was my goal. I hit 3:22. But I'm not upset about it. I ran a good race and I finished strong. I feel really good. Most of my splits were spot on! With the exception of my potty break…..

I SET A PR IN BERLIN!

 I set a PR in Berlin! Disclaimer: I received @GatoradeEndurance #FormulatedforFarther to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming aBibRave Pro (ambassador), and check outBibRave.com to review find and write race reviews! I went to Berlin to enjoy the scenery, participate in a World Major Marathon and set a personal record. There we 40,000 people at the racr, it was off the charts. There was not an ioda of space in the corrals but there was magic in the air. There were a lot of emotions going, knowing the impossibility of a 2 hour Marathon could disappear. Running a race where a world record was broken while I was running it gave me inspiration while I was on the course. (2:01:40… Soooooo close. New world record though soooo awesome.) I was on pace for 315 which would have been a 6 minute personal record!! But sadly at mile 18 my leg cramped. I pushed through it until the end but you can see my times getting progressively worse. Both legs were gone at mile 26 and coming through Brandenburg Gate I felt like some invisible hand was grabbing the back of my quads and squeezing. But I made it. And still under my goal time of 3:20 but not my stretch goal of 3:15 Berlin is a fast course What I learned today was on course nutrition is nothing to joke with and in the US, we are spoiled. I have been training with @GatoradeEndurance #FormulatedforFarther but neglected to bring those gels with me. I brought 2 of the gels they gave me at the expo and 1 other one I typically carry for the caffeine…That was not enough! As much as I didn’t like the copious amount of surgar in the #GatoradeEndurance when I use it, I don’t have to worry about losing steam on the last leg of a super important run. I am really glad Chicago will have on course what I have been training with! Here’s to faster times in 3 weeks! Advertisements Occasionally, some of your visitors may see an advertisement here, as well as a Privacy & Cookies banner at the bottom of the page. You can hide ads completely by upgrading to one of our paid plans. UPGRADE NOW DISMISS MESSAGE Share this: Press ThisTwitterFacebookGoogle Published by William Brent View all posts by William Brent Uncategorized Edit I set a PR in Berlin! Leave a Reply Enter your comment here... Post navigation PREVIOUS A different feeling… NEXT Buff Original Review Search for: Search … FOLLOW BLOG VIA EMAIL Click to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Join 1 other follower BLOG AT WORDPRESS.COM.

2018 San Francisco Marathon

41st. Running of the San Francisco Marathon

This is a great race.

First. I set a pr. 
Whaaaaaat

Anyway. 
Highlights: 
Mostly Senic. The bridge and the trail after the bridge made the race. There were some cool neighborhoods and it was interesting the see the volunteers change in appearance as the neighborhood changes (different ethnic groups seemed to stick together ❤) 
There are so many people speaking so many languages and this is just a really cool experience 
Expo was IN-sane. There were so many people but there was a lot to do.

Race communication: 
Good. At First i thought it was very sparse but as we got closer to race day lots of information came rolling in.

Expo: i didnt like the layout of the expo. You enter through the "back" of the expo (front of the building) and have to walk past all the vendors and navigate the masses of people to get your bib and shirt. It would have bewn helpful to route people through the rear of the building or have the signs numered (1 for pick up, 2 for shirt etc.) 
Lots to do and see though.

Transportation: 
On the 1 hand i really liked the option to take a bus to the start line. I didnt like the price but you pay for convenience. On the other i didn't like there was no signage or formal communication on the bus location other than the "bart station"

The Race 
5:30 is a really decent start time because you can still run your race and get back to your hotel or Airbnb take a shower and a nap before everything is closed 
I was a little let down by the run through the zoo. I thought that was going to be like running through a zoo...with animals... not running through a park... 
I have to give the race directors and course marshalls kudos for putting on four completely different races all at the same time 5 if you can clue the ultramarathon 
But unfortunately the folks that were doing me half marathons we're walking the water stations (which in and of itself is not a bad thing) but unfortunately they were stopping and there were still Runners coming by... 
I'd like to take this moment to apologize to the three people who stopped that I ran into. 
The last two miles (or maybe the Last Mile and three-quarters) were on a particularly uncomfortable Road in my opinion it should be paved but it's not even Cobblestone it's just broken asphalt so is just uncomfortable on the legs. 
Enough bashing 
the bridge was gorgeous. I was really surprised that there is a trail portion to this city run but it was welcomed and enjoyable. Actually mile 5 through 11 (or maybe even 13) had to be my favorite parts of the Run. 
running through Fisherman's Wharf was really cool 
Ghirardelli Square was nice

Still with me? 
The volunteers were fantastic there were plenty of people handing out water 
And the Finish Line Festival 
It was good I was surprised at how much that they were giving away I was surprised at how much they were charging for other things 
I personally like free or low-cost massages at the end of a race not having to pay for them but they were there the Biofreeze foam rollers and yoga mats are amazing and I'm going to suggest that to every race director I talk to you from now on

If you're in the Bay Area do the trace heck even if you have to travel through this rates it super worth

 

THE SAN FRANCISCO FULL MARATHON – SUNDAY, JULY 29TH, 2018

Why do I do this?

Okay...

I signed up for another marathon...

This will come as no surprise for those of you who follow me; but, this one is only one and a half weeks out.....I'm on the fence as to the level of intensity I am going to pursue when running this.

 

I am really excited for this race though because I get to run past iconic landmarks, across the Golden Gate Bridge, and through historic neighborhoods in San Francisco.  Follow me on the day of the race through the runtastic and keep an eye out for my review on Bibrave!

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Running above sealevel

Holy elevation change batman!

The Rock Tahoe Half Marathon was fantastic!.

I am really happy that I ran it.

 

I am going to caution you...train at elevation before you get there.

The run itself was beautiful.

There was fantastic communication between the race directors and the participants!

I will absolutely do this race again in the future.

The problem I expereinced was lead legs.

 

I was confident in my ability to run this race without a lot of problems. The elevation was not crazy, but I did my fair share of fretting.

I asked anyone and everyone I could find about running at elevation. I did research online. I listened to podcasts (see a link to the bibrave podcast below.)

Most of the research told me that anything above 8,000 feet was a problem for most people. Some research said above 5K....

Tahoe starts at 7600 and ends at 6800 (ish....)

 

Anyway.  I landed in Reno and initially felt the effects of being 4000 feet above my normal training grounds.

I took a week to run and see how my legs responded.  Flat and downhill were more-or-less normal...up hill....

I dont know if any amount of uphill trianing can prepare you for carrying logs instead of legs.

 

The scenery at the race was amanzing (did I say that yet?)

And the first three miles I was flying.  The moment the course turned up (and it wasn't miles up...it was feet up....) I was toast.  It wasn't a breathing problem, it was a circulation problem. I couldn't get enough oxyegen to my legs lol.

I finished in my usual 1:30 ish time frame

 

more to come.

 

Link to bibRave, you cna dive into the trianing for leadville once you get there =)

BibRave leadville-special

 

Age Group Award!

Start Line of the 2018 Rock Tahoe Half Marathon

How to be a better runner....

A group of runners asked me how to be a better runner...

 

Better than what?

 

Better as a runner can mean that you take every safety precaution and you are now the safest runner

 

Better as a runner could be that you are Uber courteous to other runners/cyclist/pedestrians

 

Better as a runner could be that you encourage someone else to appreciate the sport...

 

I should really start by asking what do you mean as far as getting better as a runner do you strictly mean getting faster do you mean enjoying it more?

 

But, I perceive that they want to hear how to run a 6-minute mile...better being faster.

 

My thought or comment or response to that is... why ?

You can only achieve a goal that you set for yourself-if it's realistic...if it's measurable...if it's timely...

 

Head over to the G.P.S. page to see what we talked about...

Running on the Bethlehem Greenway

Martha's Vineyard and the Marathon I ran there

Repost 9 June 2018 

I am not certain where the original post went; but here it goes again...

 

Let's talk about the Martha's Vineyard Marathon...

Overall; I would say this is a good race. It reminds me of the US Road Running events I have been able to run. The course is not difficult; but I do not know if I would I run it again...perhaps if I were running to be competitive and I wanted to qualify for Boston (because it's mostly flat.)

The course profile...There are stretches where there's no incline or decline just pancake flat. There is one hill in the middle but it's not a hill that will put anybody out of commission.

The first 12 miles are through a Nature Reserve. It's not a gorgeous run. I could see this being a very beautiful run late spring or early summer when vegetation is in bloom; but because of the weather we've had I think it's been kind of hard on the vegetation.

The next 13 kind of snake through neighborhoods. It does give you the 'Martha's Vineyard' feel (you see the houses and you see the beach.)

Side note; The back 13 mile markers were accurate; the first 13 on the other hand... every mile was off; to the point where at mile 7 I wasn't sure if the next marker was going to be eight or nine. Not because the mile markers were out of order or anything, but because the mile marker was a half-mile off! My watch, my phone, the group that was pacing with me..ALL had a half-mile off! If the watch or my phone or somebody's phone were off that would be one thing...but we were all pretty consistent in being a half-mile off which made it hard to pace and that's a reason to this post this race was not difficult to Pace from a train or elevation standpoint but I felt so bad for the people that were running with me because I was pacing to the sign and the sign was off and then I tried to rely on my watch and if you look at my Strava you can see where I started dialing it back and try to hit it so I was at that 910 915 it was just brutal now I was in good form and everybody was really great and understanding and two of the girls that were with me came in at like 3:40 335 I think they were great they did rock stars two of the ladies place in their age group even though they didn't quite hit the 4-Hour Mark that they were looking for which I felt super bad because I was there two of the ladies finished under 4 hours which was their first time at marathoning goal and everybody was really great it was freezing oh my God it was going to be 76 tomorrow I could see

Pace group

From Running Ambassador to Running Advocate

25 April 2018 Update.

I posted about the Blue Ridge Marathon after the race, but if you're looking for a challenge or need to have a goal for intensifying your training--this is the race for you.

I promoted this race because, for me, it represented a goal. It was easier than qualifying for Boston (maybe.....) and it was something I thought I could achieve.  The race was fantastic.  I feel I am less of an ambassador and more of an Advocte now.

The community embraces the runners and  peoplesit on their lawns to cheer.  They clap and hand out snacks. They don't seem to mind that the whole city is shut down. 

Keep in mind this isn't 'Boston',  this is Roanoke. This isn't a Rock n Roll event, its a local thing.  But there are more amenities than anything I've expereinced from the Competitor group...

I can't speak more positively about the City of Roanoke, The volunteers, the race director, the sponsors.  This is what running is all about!

You need to check it out, even if it's only the 10K ;)

 

Areal view of the 2018 Foot Levelers Blue Ridge Marathon

America's Toughest Road Race is no joke

Stock photo will update when I get back to PA

Goal time 4:00:00 Actual 3:59:28

Wow. 

That's really all I can say about this event.  The #brm26pt2 had probably the best on course support out of any race I have ever done.  And that's saying a lot. 

The community rallys together and definately embodies the #strongertogether mentality.  There was rarely a section of the course where a spectator or support crew was not present.  There were volunteers and sweepers all over the place.  I almost think there were 2 volunteers for every participant.

The aid stations were full and most offered a variety of treats like pretzels, mustart, pickle juice. The standard GU gell was at alot of stations.  I ran a race in Celina, Ohio where the aid stations ran out of water (how does that happen?) But these Virginians were prepared!

There was a non-official mimosa station, a non-official bacon station and a I think somone with beer... not sure.

The course...oye

I know I could have been better prepared; but I dont know how anyone could be fully prepared for this (side note, clearly some people were because a dude broke the course record...)

The hills are ridiculous. What am I saying...Bethlehem has hills...these were quite literally mountains...the mountains are ridiculous. When I tell you the only course I have run which was more difficult is the Hyner Challenge in Hyner PA I'm not exaggerating. Hyner was was up the side of a hang-gliding base (and it wasn't much more difficult....)

 But I guess you all kept reading to find out one thing.  Since I already told you my time, you're waiting to see / hear if I will run this again.

It has been 10-ish hours since I've finished, so it's not the 'euphoria' of running talking.

I would do it again.

A few people have asked and I told them I would do the half but not the full; however, as I sit here (half wishing I was in a bacta tank and half wishing I was asleep) recalling the day's events I think I would do the full again.

I dont think I would want to do it as a race pacer though.  In case I failed to mention; I was wrangled into pacing this race as the 4 hours pacer... I dont know why I said yes to be honest with you(all) but I did.  Part of me is glad I did because I had to restrain myself from running all out, but part of me thinks that if I didnt restrain myself I could have done at least 3:30. This was probably my 2nd hardest pacing gig (only to be trumped by the Celina, Ohio debacle.) This was tough form a pacing perspective because there is almost no way to maintain a 'steady' pace at 9:09 while running up the side of a mountain.  The thing I love about pacing is the ability to help people reach their goals. And while I was encouraging to the people I passed / enocuntered on my way--there was not really a sense of unified determiantion which exists when you are pushing the same pace over 26 miles...

 

Garmin Chart 2018 Foot Levelers Blue Ridge Marathon

When the WHY you do something becomes real

2018 Hot Chocolate 15k finish line

What goes better with Hot Chocolate than running?

If you said marshmallows you are right!

But I like running, and running pairs well with just about everything in my eyes...

This race reinforced why I enjoy pacing and why I firmly believe that running is a group sport and we are trutly #Strongertogether.

For me, running was  a way to exercise, and stay committed to my 'lifestyle change'. Then it was a way for me to maintain my health and welness. Then it became a way for me to connect with pther similarly minded people. 

Now, running is a way for me to help others; and this race made that happen.  Deb (pictured) wanted to finish the race under 8 minutes per mile (net time 1:14:20 or better.) She started strong running with the 7:30 pacer and ran strong most of the race. Toward the end of the race she was out of gas. She was in that strange mental place runners sometimes get lost and it defeats them. She is a string runner bet the last 2 miles of the race are essentially uphill and I came up behoind her and got her through the finish line under her goal.

 

I helped others cross the finish line at other races and i was thanked and congratulated, but for some reason this instance resonated with me, and this picture hit home.

When people succeed, it excites me.  Deb met her goal, we ran the last mile telling the blerch to go away and breaking her out of her struggle.

Support me as I run 26.2 #forRMHC!

http://support.rmhc.org/goto/wbrent01

In 2015 my son was diagnosed with a heart condition and that alone is hard to deal with; but not knowing whether or not he needed surgery, where he would have the surgery, where we would stay while he's having the surgery, or how long he would be in the hospital was the nerve-wracking part!

While trying to figure out the logistics of his surgery; it was nice to know that I had a partner with Ronald McDonald House charities because they would ensure that I could be there for my son when he needed me to be there--and it would not impact my family financially.  I thought very long about what charity to represent for this marathon and while there is one charity that speaks specifically to his condition; I think looking at a more global perspective that regardless of the ailment, regardless of the type of disease or type of operation, Ronald McDonald House Charities is there for the child and the family-- so that during their stay, during their time of need, the family is taken care of; not just for my son's heart condition but for my son the person.

On October 7th, I will be representing Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC)  at the2018 Bank of America Chicago Marathon!

As a member of Team RMHC, I will be training, fundraising and ultimately running 26.2 miles to help keep families together.

Did you know $25 can provide dinner for a family and $80 can give a family a room for a night?  Your donation, of any amount, will not only help me achieve my goal, but will help children stay close to their families when they need it most!

20TH ANNUAL KEY WEST HALF MARATHON

2018 Key West Half Marathon

16 January 2018

3rd Pacing run in the books. The weather was fantastic!  It was perfect for running (I can't say the same for the locals...) All of the volunteers were in sweatshirts and long pants; some were even wearing scarves and knit hats. For me, the 56 degrees and 15 mph winds were a welcomed distraction from the 12 degrees with a wind-chill oh -1 I left in Pennsylvania...

I was the 1:40 pacer and we came in at 1:39:32. Robert (pictured) was ecstatic. He is 71 and he ran this same race last year.  He's from Detroit so the weather was in his favor also.  His goal was (surprise) 1:41.  Robert was a trip because he kept giving advice to the runners in our pack and often he would call out if I was keeping too aggressive a pace. 

This was an excellent event. The on-course support was top-notch and you couldn’t have asked for better volunteers.  This race was marketed as a big event and I think I ran with more people from Pennsylvania than from Florida; but, I got the feel it was still a 'home-town' race. The post race amenities were kind of cool.  Local beer was really nice and there were plenty of banana's and bagles etc.  You finish right in in the middle of downtown and there are shops to get food and they were all offering some special to runners which was nice.

Upon reflection and despite the items which made this a really excellent event--I, personally, would not make this a repeat race. I think this was a good once-and-done thing, but the hasstle of getting to the race and the price of staying on/near the island really weighed down the expereince.

Running in the snow...

8 January 2018

Yesterday brought running in the snow.  I thoguht the trail would have been more trodden and the snow would be sparse.... I was wrong. 

I should have brought my trail running shoes, but I opted for the Alpha Bounce (assuming the trail would have only had a little snow....) 

As I was running I was reminiscing about running in the sand. I considered which is mroe difficult, snow or sand.  I have come to the conclusion that running in the snow is better than running in the sand.  Only because if snow gets in your shoes; it will just melt. Running in the snow when it is packed is annoying because there is little to no traction and it is almost a higher impact on my body than the pavement.  Running on the fresh snow is soft and easy, traction is better and its fun to be the first person break the silence if the snow.  The snow tells a story of what is going on when no one is looking. Deer and Foxes foraging; the early running passing by; the occasional squirrle who forgot to hybernate.  I like looking at the footprints other runners leave and truing to figure if I am pacing faster or slower than they were--are they taller or shorter than I am..so many things to consider in the snow.  The sand brings mess...

BUT!

I will be in the sand in one week running in Key West.... i'm looking forward to that