Snow!

I woke up this morning to a light dusting of snow. It’s our first official snow of the season!

The dogs were super excited. They love the cold weather and absolutely love playing around in the snow. From Instagram:



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Don’t worry, that is Hank’s excited face. However, the chickens were less than thrilled about the snow. They came out and checked it out and then promptly went back in their coop.

They don’t seem to mind the cold weather too much, but they won’t really come out in it unless the sun is out. Agnes knew that she still had to go to work (i.e. lay an egg) even though it snowed.

That’s focus right there.

We had some gorgeous fall weather last week and weekend, but earlier this week it seems like we flew right past fall and landed in winter. We have had heavy frost most mornings and the overnight lows have been below freezing. Barry decided it was time to fire up the wood stove.

I love the heat from the woodstove and the smell. I especially love coming into the basement after a run outside in the cold and standing next to the woodstove so I can warm up.

Speaking of running, I am cautiously optimistic about my running prospects this weekend. My leg is feeling a lot better. I have been able to run up and down the stairs in our house without any pain and I can press on my shin without any pain. I am still debating between doing a longer (13-16 miles) run on Saturday or doing 10 miles Saturday and then 10 miles on Sunday. The latter was a suggestion from Holly and it’s not something I had thought of. But I like the idea of doing two shorter long runs with Sunday’s run simulating more fatigue. What I end up doing will all depend on how I feel tomorrow, I guess. It’s supposed to get down to 25 degrees tonight, so maybe it’ll be so cold tomorrow morning that I won’t be able to feel my leg! Just kidding, if it hurts I’ll stop. Promise.

I am looking forward to my run tomorrow morning for another reason, too. I get to run with Kim tomorrow! We have had conflicting schedules the past few weekends, which quickly adds up to it being nearly a month since we have run together. My leg better feel good, because I have a lot of catching up to do with Kim!

Have you had the first snow of the season, yet? Do you think it’s too early for snow?

What are your plans this weekend (running or otherwise)? Anyone racing??

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  1. No snow here but it was cold last night. Woke up to the news showing all these snow plows deploying in PG County, MD. Turns out it was a planned practice drill to check out a new guidance system they have incorporated. Whew.

    Planning on a day trip to the west to enjoy some scenery and maybe a few vineyards. Might slip in a mountain walk up at Sky Meadow.

    Have a good run and know when to quit.

    LUD.

    1. Hope you had a good time at the vineyards!

  2. Have you had the first snow of the season, yet? Do you think it’s too early for snow?
    * Way too early for snow! We also had ours as well, but based on some of the “About Me” section of your blog I think we are living very close to each other.

    What are your plans this weekend (running or otherwise)? Anyone racing??
    * Sadly, HW. I am trying to convince myself that if Mr. Chocolate has to work/farm I need to get my butt out to the track & do something. Anything. Esp if I plan on signing up for a 5k soon.

    1. It does look like we live close together! I saw y’all got that dusting of snow, too.

  3. I really like Holly’s idea of splitting your run up! And don’t feel afraid to bail if the pain comes back. One more long run is not worth a flare-up or bigger injury.

    I did my 20-miler this morning. It was FREEZING, and there were snow flurries the whole time. I came straight home and got into the HOT shower. But I’m so glad to have my last super long run done. Time to taper!!

    1. Great job getting through your 20 miler! I definitely prefer cold temperatures to hot for running, but not so cold that it makes my lungs hurt!

  4. Stay warm! I will be in Northern VA on Sunday and we looked at the weather to make sure it is not supposed to snow! Eek-snow is fine in Colorado in October but Virginia just seems like it is too much. I am a big fan of splitting long runs up into two. Glad you are feeling up to it and I hope it works out. I’m cheering for ya, Meagan!

    1. Have a good time in NoVA! Don’t forget about MCM on Sunday. That will have an impact on a lot of Arlington area roads, I think. It is a little early for snow in VA in general, but in the mountain area (west and southwest) it’s not unusual this time of year.

  5. We had a heavy frost up here but no snow!! The 10 miles on saturday and sunday sound like a good plan! I hope you have no pains at alll 🙂

    1. I don’t mind snow but I’m definitely not in the mindset yet to remember that I may need to scrape my windshield and/or start my car early to let it thaw and warm up.

  6. I woke up to snow at my Mom’s house on Friday morning, too! It snowed off and on all morning and the ground got white several times. It was 22 degrees on Saturday when I woke up at 9 AM (I was mentally exhausted from the week). Mom checked the little weather station and the low had been 17 overnight. Yikes!

    1. Sounds like we had relatively the same weather. I couldn’t believe it was so cold on Saturday morning!

  7. I am so far behind on blog commenting, things are getting ridiculous. But I’m catching up now. Basically, I hope that your leg cooperated (I’m sure I’ll find out pretty soon). And I LOVE a wood stove. My parents had/have one, and I have plenty of associated childhood memories. Of course…no stove needed out here!

    1. Thanks for the well wishes! I’ve cut my mileage nearly in half (boo) but my leg is doing alright.

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