Running in a Winter Wonderland


As active a person as I am, I have somehow managed to miss opportunities to run during a snowfall…until today.

I wasn’t supposed to run. I ran seven miles yesterday recognizing that with today being Christmas, there would be no time to do my customary Saturday “long run.” So today I would take a rest day and run a few miles tomorrow before going to church. But I couldn’t resist.

This morning Nashvillians awoke to our first White Christmas since 1993. It’s the kind of snow that sticks to tree branches, but doesn’t stick to the roads. In other words, it’s my kind of snow. I had a pretty busy day planned. I made a country ham breakfast for the hubs, and after he and I exchanged gifts it was time to get ready for Christmas dinner with my extended family (aunts, uncles, cousins, cousins-once-removed, in-laws, out-laws). By the time we returned home from the holiday ho ho it was still snowing outside. And it was still not sticking to the streets. I had to get out there.

It was about 5:45 and I only had a few minutes of daylight left. I added a headlamp to my stocking cap. After fielding a comment from the hubs…something about looking like I was about to climb Mount Everest…I was out the door. And it was glorious.

The temperature was about 28 or 30 degrees. It felt refreshing after being indoors all day. As daylight gave way to night, the snowflakes blowing in front of streetlights looked like teeny tiny crystals.  A few people were outside walking their dogs. There was plenty of motor traffic, yet I still enjoyed that stillness that comes from everything being covered with a blanket of snow. On my way back home, the snow blew toward me. The flakes were lit by my headlamp and they took on the appearance of a laser show.

I don’t consider the three miles I ran today a training run. It was an experience run. I didn’t need the mileage; I’ve run plenty this week. I needed to know what it felt like to run in a Winter Wonderland. And to do so on Christmas day was the proverbial coconut on top of the cake.

Here in Nashville, when we sing “I’m dreaming of a White Christmas,” we’re not kidding. If the past is any indication of things to come, we’ll have our next one in 2023. On that day when the weatherman says, “This is the first White Christmas in Nashville since 2010,” I’ll think to myself, “Yep, I remember that one. I ran three miles.”

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2 Responses to Running in a Winter Wonderland

  1. Dave Hollingsworth says:

    Great story Pam! I FINALLY got a nice pair of cold weather running gloves for Christmas & no longer have to run with my hands curled up inside my sleeves. Two questions for you- what’s your removal technique for runny nose & does the cold suck the battery life out of you iPod?

    • Pam Brown says:

      Question 1: tissues
      Question 2: I’ve not noticed any battery life issues with the iPod. But I listen to it all the time in my car, using an iTrip, so it’s constantly being charged.
      I actually had to wear two pairs of gloves tonight. I wore UnderArmor as a base and a pair of Nikes over them. Usually I only need the UnderArmor. What kind of gloves did Santa bring you?

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