Running Steady in the Snow

admin | February 21, 2010 in Endurance,Running | Comments (13)

No more.  Not one more day.  It’s makin’ me nuts, being stuck on the treadmill these past few days.


I grew up in Texas; I live in Tennessee.  Not the most northern of climates.  The band hasn’t been on tour through the winter in a good while…and I realize I’m not equipped for running in the slush and snow, so I need to be smart.  Can’t slip or get sidelined by being stupid; not only would this get in the way of my regular marathon training…but waddling around on stage as we kick off our “Southern Voice” concert tour with a twisted ankle or calf strain just wouldn’t be good.

Oh sure…I could get Tim McGraw to sign my cast.  Lady Antebellum and The Lost Trailers are our opening acts.  They’d sign it, too.  But working the pedals for a piano with my feet trapped in a cast…NOT cool.

So vigilance is key.  Be aware.  I’ll stay away from the streets, because I don’t trust the drivers.  I’ll take on the park.  It’ll be less thawed, but safer.

I’ll slow down.  I don’t normally run with headphones anyway, but even if I did, I ain’t.  Stay in the moment.  Fully engage.  Aim for the fresh snow and better traction.  Shorten my stride.  Careful. CAREFUL!

If I need to walk, I’ll walk.  Take my time…and dance attentively so as not to succumb to the icy path before me.

Quiet.  Crunch.  Cold.  Crunch.  Peaceful.  Crunch.

I hope it snows again tomorrow.

13 Responses to “Running Steady in the Snow”

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  1. Comment by Lori Stapley — February 21, 2010 at 5:03 pm  

    You’re truly inspiring! I look foward to seeing you out on the road…until then, I’ll be following your journey along the way.

  2. Comment by JulesFebruary 21, 2010 at 9:37 pm  

    You are truly inspiring! However, my un~biological twin brother, you are so on your own for this one. I refuse to run in the snow with you! My body can’t handle it even if it is vicariously through you. No tunes for this run…MMMM. I hear an old Seger song for this run. You don’t need to be sporting a red cast. 🙂 Please be careful!! We need our piano man uninjured!!

    Love ya once, Love ya twice, Love ya more than beans and rice!

    Big Hug Big Brother,

    Jules 😉

  3. Comment by Lucille — February 22, 2010 at 6:34 am  

    When this happens, if you are near a high school, they usually are cleared and you can run around the sidewalks, the driveways, etc. No more boring than a track. And if you are a taxpayer, you should be allowed – as long as it’s not hampering normal activities there. My high school is used to seeing me there.

  4. Comment by KevinFebruary 22, 2010 at 7:46 am  

    I have enjoyed running in our unusually cold and snowy weather down south… but i am DONE with it! Bring on the heat! Keep running, Dog!

  5. Comment by Cheryl — February 22, 2010 at 9:29 am  

    That was me yesterday. Nothing but the sound of me breathing and the CRUNCH, CRUNCH, CRUNCH of the snow. Blissful!! Thanks again for sharing, and where were you in the photo? Safe travels, piano man!!

  6. Comment by ChristineFebruary 22, 2010 at 9:51 am  

    Great picture, and such beauty all around you! Yes, running on the treadmill makes me nuts too… just doesn’t cut it. Being out in nature is the way to go; taking in the beautiful scenery, listening to the birds, breathing in all that fresh air. It’s so peaceful in nature.

    As far as snow goes, have you tried putting on yaktrax on your running shoes? They are great for traction and will help you from slipping on that snow/ice. When I run in the snow, I don’t leave the house without them. Something to think about.

    Run smart like it sounds like you are. You definitely can’t afford to have any injuries.

    Be well,


  7. Comment by Doc Rim — February 22, 2010 at 1:15 pm  

    Way to go, Jeff. What’s next, ice climbing? Oh no, that’s right, you are training for next Olympic’s Biathlon! Rock on, my friend. Nice seeing you.

  8. Comment by Kimmy T — February 22, 2010 at 7:11 pm  

    Looks like a beautiful park to run. and btw, like the face protector 😉

  9. Comment by Jeanne H. — February 22, 2010 at 7:38 pm  

    I don’t run…but, an alternative for us northerners is snow shoes; I don’t do that either, but it’s an idea! LOL Be careful, have fun and see u this summer!!!!

  10. Comment by JoAnn B — February 22, 2010 at 10:19 pm  

    Love keeping up with your travels…you could double as a writer – maybe some day we will be reading your words of wisdom and guidance in book format. We can say we knew you when… HA!! Oh we are already there… sorry….

    Keep making others smile… we need all the smiles we can get some days and remember, you can never pay for a smile nor can you ever charge anyone for a smile — smiles just keep giving more pleasure each time you pass them on… and you do have a wonderful smile — please remember that always – especially when you smile and a smile gets flashed right back at you – then you have touched a heart and made a persons day brighter.

  11. Comment by Kimberly — February 28, 2010 at 9:01 am  

    Keep up the running you are doing a great job. I have to say you are more brave than I am – too cold for me LOL. I just looked at like 180 pictures from last night’s show in Detroit…I must say, good pics but, hello, you are too far in the back. Would love to see some good shots of you. I guess I will have to get front row seats for West Palm Beach and take some myself LOL. I just got a new camera; I will have to sneak it in LOL.. Detachable lens and all. Keep up the great running and Music. Hope to see all of you soon…

  12. Comment by Rachel Fairburn — February 28, 2010 at 5:38 pm  

    I can’t imagine running in the snow! (LOL) I know I would fall! You are brave for at least trying! This winter has been crazy! Can’t wait for spring! Keep up the good work, Jeff! 😉

  13. Comment by Touring and the Treadmill « Road Dog RunnerMarch 6, 2010 at 4:24 pm  

    […] marathon out there on the horizon.  Omaha’s got snow everywhere, (not like the “heavy” snow I ran through in Tennessee), and I can’t twist an ankle or get lost during a run and show up late after running an extra […]

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