Sunday, December 21, 2008

Waiting for my blizzard

When I awoke I found the forecast had changed from a winter storm warning to a blizzard warning:

A Blizzard Warning remains in effect from 3 PM this afternoon to
5 am EST Monday.

Snow will overspread the area this afternoon and become heavy at
times until around midnight. Snowfall rates of 2 to 3 inches per
hour can be expected at the height of the storm. Expect total
snow accumulations between 10 and 18 inches... before snow tapers
off late tonight.

Meanwhile increasing winds of 25 to 35 mph... with gusts of 40 to
45 mph... will create whiteout conditions.

All interests across the Blizzard Warning area should rush to
completion preparations to be made in advance of the storm.

A Blizzard Warning means severe winter weather conditions are
expected. This storm will have an extreme impact on the warning
area. Very strong winds combined with heavy snow will create
potentially deadly outdoor conditions. Whiteouts... deep snow
drifts and frostbite of exposed skin can be expected.

Taking their advice, I rushed out the door to complete my preparations... namely my long run. Rushing out the door is the only rushing I did however. The rest of the run was done at a relaxed pace. Mike had to be somewhere else early this morning so today I was going to be running solo. I decided to stay in town and left a couple of hours later than usual. Lucky for me, I met Eric just before the two mile mark and I turned around with him and ran back into town. He wasn't as lucky as I was yesterday and ran into the frozen sea smoke I blogged about yesterday. Icicle man.

I ran another 6.5 miles out of town before I turned. While not as comfortable as going by the house occasionally, I know when I make the turn the mileage for the day is locked in. Run, walk, or crawl, the distance will be the same. Felt pretty good the whole time and much warmer with the wind to my back heading back to Eastport.

I am pleased with another successful week of my plan. - 52 miles.

Tomorrow is a scheduled day off so I'll miss running in the blizzard. No doubt I will still be outside digging my car out so I can travel a treacherous 45 miles to work. I think it will take me over 2 hours to get there. The road between here and Machias is notoriously 'crowned' from all the heavy logging trucks and makes for interesting commuting during the winter months.

17 miles @ 8:53 pace.


Blogger Grellan said...

Well done on getting your bizzard preparation out of the way - how you maintain mileage with your winters I don't know. Fortunately I dont't have the same hazards to deal with.

12/21/2008 12:52 PM  
Blogger Ernesto said...

Lucky getting the run in ahead of the storm. We thought ours was going to be over by the time we went out at 6:30 am yesterday... but it just kept coming down. Made 16.2 feel like 26.2!

12/21/2008 3:38 PM  
Blogger Love2Run said...

It ended up being a rather nasty day so good thing you got your run in early. I'm hoping you close up shop and stay home in the morning. Take care on those highways!

Todays word of the day:
laggard \LAG-erd\, adjective, noun:
1. a person or thing that moves too slowly or falls behind

1. falling behind; slow

Tee hee!

12/22/2008 8:28 AM  
Blogger Ms. V. said...

Well, it was sorta cloudy today, so I did Yoga.

You're amazing!

12/22/2008 7:42 PM  

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