Outdoor Running Adventures

Running in northern BC with my dog Kobi

Winter is Here


dog in the snow

Kobi loving the snow

It’s cold and it’s snowy outside.  Not enough snow to snowshoe in yet, but enough snow to hide the ice and make conditions treacherous to run in.  It’s already that time of year when I have to suck it up and start “embracing” winter. The other option is to stay inside on the couch, watch bad reality TV, and eat Cheezies for the next 7 months.  Doesn’t sound too bad.

Figuring out what to wear while running outside in the current temperatures is challenging too.  I never seem to get the layers right and I’m either too hot or too cold, never just right.

snow running

what the trails look like lately

Another bonus about winter running is the half-load of laundry created after each run.  Good thing I have more winter running clothes than clothes in general.  That’s mostly so I don’t have to do laundry 3 times a week.  Instead I spend 37 hours on the weekend washing, drying, folding and putting all my stuff away just to start all over again.  I dislike doing laundry.

I’m easing Kobi back into running.  She ran with me for about 35 minutes the other day.  Only once she almost caused a crash.  There were some grouse feathers on the side of the road, where one had been hit by a car likely, and she decided to put on the brakes to check it out – while she was tied around my waist and we were running an interval. Fortunately I managed to stay upright.  Good to know she’s back to her usual running style.  That’s why we run off-leash mostly.

I’ll take her running for another 20 or 30 minutes again today, just to get those running legs of hers back into shape. Shouldn’t take her long.

Oh, we helped with a zombie walk/run this weekend, Kobi got dressed up for it too!

zombie dog

Kobi taking a zombie nap prior to the event


zombie dog

zombie dog or football dog?


Are you hanging out with zombies this week?  Are you jealous of my snow and ice conditions?  Ever dressed your dog up as a zombie?  



Author: Angie

I live in northern British Columbia, Canada. I found my dog Kobi in 2011 when she was only 5 weeks old and we've been having running adventures ever since.

19 thoughts on “Winter is Here

  1. I don’t know what cheezies are, but sign me up! I’m glad Kobi is getting back into running!

    • Cheezies are like Cheetos (I think you have those) but 10 times better. You have one and you can’t stop until the bag is empty and your stomach hurts and your fingers are orange. Kobi is quite thrilled to run with me again and I sure missed running with her!!

  2. I’ve avoided all hints of the fading of summer until it was totally unavoidable. Now embracing the autumn chill and trying to adjust to the onset of winter. Just put the summer running togs away this week!

  3. Can’t imagine you eating a whole bag ! Miss the real snow apart from constantly clearing the driveway.

    • Only if there is a bag in the house does it get eaten. I don’t let them in the house for that reason! Yes, if there wasn’t constant snow clearing winter would be way more fun 😊

  4. Yikes. I am not ready for the snow yet. Although I’m sure it’s not too far away.

  5. I love zombie dog! Glad to hear Kobi is doing better. Jealous of the snow but def NOT the ice. We are hitting the 30s at night here this weekend but then it’s going back to 40’s/50s at night

  6. I did the cheesy thing last winter, and I’m still recovering from it. Apparently when you live somewhere with 6+ months of winter, it’s easy to extend that habit into the summer 🙂 1 year and 10 pounds later… You get the picture.
    I am secretly jealous of all the snow you have, though. The laundry struggle is real, but I’m kind of a dirtball so I’m cool with recycling used clothes if needbe 🙂 Still, I cannot wait to put on my XC skis and get out in the woods. We had a mist of snow Saturday, but today it’s 60 degrees. At this point, I just wish the weather would be more decisive either way!

    • Junk food in winter is a dangerous thing! We don’t have enough snow to ski on yet so I’m hoping for more soon. If it’s going to be winter there better be enough snow to ski and snowshoe on.

  7. I can’t believe this. We had a cold front over the weekend and it dipped into the 30’s, but it was short lived. Back in shorts and tank top for my runs.

  8. I’m totally jealous of your winter conditions! I love snow. Never tried running in it, but I really enjoyed snowshoeing. I have a friend who did a snowshoe race on the island – I’d like to give that a shot. No zombies over here, but I love your zombie dog!!

  9. We are having our first snow fall today! It’s so pretty 🙂 However we are only expecting 5-10cm so it will be gone soon and not much to “play in”.

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