Winter in Ohio.

snowy forest
Photo by Brett Sayles on

It’s January, so I know that complaining does me no good whatsoever.  I have lived in Ohio for almost 40 of my years that I have been on this earth.  It’s not going to change.

Still, here I am, complaining. I know some of you get the same flavor of winters that we do, so I guess we can commiserate.

Sunday, it was -3 when I ran.  Nope, that’s not a typo, it was -3.  I layered up and put on my trax since it was just one big sheet of ice.  My trax did very well on that ice since I stayed in the neighborhood and it was relatively flat.  But, after arguing with my foggy sunglasses and carrying all of the weight of my layered clothes for 45 minutes or so, I had had enough.  Still, the sun had been out, so I will say that run was a win.

Yesterday, however, I have no redeeming qualities to report.  It was raining and in the 40’s somewhere.  I went out to get an early start in the neighborhood, then headed with my husband to the trails.  It rained steadily the entire time I was out.  It was cold, the wind picked up, and the trails were pretty much wet snow and slush, with a little ice mixed in.  Our shoes, socks, and lower legs were saturated within the first 1/4 mile.

My trax did not perform well on this run.  The slush kept building up and making them slide off, especially when climbing hills.  Both my husband and I kept stopping to adjust them on our shoes, and it became such a slow shuffle, we both finally gave in and headed back to the car.

Those were the toughest 10.5 miles I have had in a long time. Still, I know that those will most likely be the conditions of my next race in February.  At least I will be prepared.

I woke up this morning, and there was a fresh coating of snow on the ground.  I thought to myself, “I just can’t. Not today.”  Today is a great day for running….on a treadmill.  Never thought I’d say that in a million years.

Well, winter can’t last forever…..right?

Run happy. Run long.


Amy is an ultramarathoner and triathlete, a coach, a mother of four, an Exercise Physiologist and a Physical Therapist. She lives with her husband, Dan (also an ultramarathoner and triathlete), and kids in Ohio.


2 thoughts on “Winter in Ohio.

  1. Last winter, after moving from Maui to Buffalo, I came down with the flu and pneumonia. Since then, I have had difficulty running in freezing temperatures. I wheeze, I cough…it hurts. This past month, after moving to Cleveland, I’ve thrown in the towel.
    I’ve lived and run in very cold places – Moscow, Michigan – but I just can’t do it anymore.
    The treadmill has become my running life saver in 2019. Come on spring!!


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