by Shamala Thompson
On Friday with blizzard warnings and anything from 3 to 30 inches of snow being predicted we knew that snowstorm “Nemo” was likely to affect our week-end running plans. In the end the storm wasn’t so bad – for us at least. The New York area saw about 8-16 inches of snow and high winds. While damage was limited getting some good runs in was still a challenge.
With trains to New York temporarily suspended and trails covered with deep snow, our usual Saturday morning long run venues were out of the question. Paul couldn’t get into Central Park to run with his Warren Street mates and I’d need snow shoes or skis to tackle Rockerfeller Preserve with my running partner Kelly. We made the sensible decision of staying in bed and catching up on some television until we were sure the roads were clear.
We decided that running local would be our best bet. Well ploughed roads laid with salt provide a good running surface. You just need to keep an eye out for the occasional icy patch! And the roads were quiet owing to cars having been advised to stay off the roads. But the highlight is to take in the winter wonderland post storm sights.
I headed up to our closest park, Depew Park, to see if the Blue Mountain trails were runnable. Turns out I was too optimistic but at least the road around the park was clear enough to trot on. And I got to take some good photos. Paul, being perhaps more realistic, stuck to the roads and covered 11 miles. (But being half his usual Saturday mileage left him with his lowest weekly mileage since November.)
We were looking to do a longer run on Sunday morning and decided that the best bet was to head to Central Park. It was an early start but at least we avoided icy roads. Metro North was operating a normal serice again.
Paul had arranaged to meet his running mates at Engineers’ Gate so we parted at 110th street. Today only the roads were clear enough to run on. The bridle path, my preferred running surface, was covered with frozen snow making it too icy for a good run. Unfortunately that meant everyone was on the road. Compared to the quiet trails in Rockefeller, Central Park was crowded. Or maybe I just didn’t enjoy being overtaken by groups of fit, young runners in the latest high-tech running gear. Still it was a glorious winter day – cold but sunny – and according to my Endomondo running app I covered 11 miles. (the two 5 minute miles were definitely an error!) And Central Park covered with snow is magical – if you can get away from the crowds!