It snowed in Atlanta today. A whole 1/2 inch. The entire city is in a slippery holding pattern. See, despite all of the ice storms we’ve had the city only has 4 salt/sand machines. Yes, that’s right. Only four. Doesn’t seem quite right. After spending 2 years in Milwaukee, Wisconsin for graduate school I find all of this highly amusing. Schools started announcing closing Wednesday evening ahead of the weather “event.” I remember walking to class in blizzards in Milwaukee. What a difference a few years and several hundred miles make.
See snow and running go way back for me. I first starting running in March of 2006 after taking a fall and messing up my shoulder and couldn’t practice. This was a bit of a problem because I was 3 weeks away from my graduate violin recital. So, to deal with all of the stress I laced up my running shoes over spring break and went for a run. It was about 5 degrees out with an inch or 2 of snow. It was magical. I don’t think I even made it a mile :). But I loved it. It made me feel better, I wasn’t nearly as stressed out, and it actually made my shoulder feel a little better (or maybe that was all in my head). So, tomorrow I “only” have to run 10 miles. I’m kind of hoping there will still be some snow on the ground. In a way, it’s almost like going back to the beginning, except I can run further than a mile now 🙂