For dedicated runner, 3 miles in snow 'an impulse thing'

February 11, 2010|By Liz F. Kay

Delip Rao threw caution to the considerable wind Wednesday afternoon.

The Johns Hopkins University graduate student decided to go for a three-mile run from Charles Village toward the Inner Harbor about 3 p.m., despite warnings of severe weather.

"It was an impulse thing," he said.

With school closed, "I was feeling especially restless being at home," Rao said. He has been running long distances for about five years and usually runs 65 miles to 70 miles a week.

"I pretty much run almost every day, which includes extreme conditions," he said.

Running is Rao's favorite way to see the city, and he was amazed at how deserted everything was.

"I was running on the center of North Charles Street, which is unthinkable on most days," he said.

Despite the shorter distance, his run was much harder than usual, given the conditions. "With all this heavy wind, it's like doing 10 times the intensity workout," he said.

Because Maryland doesn't frequently have such severe weather, Rao didn't have any special gear.

"It rarely snows this much in Baltimore, so I wasn't prepared at all," he said, instead piling on three layers.

Running on snow feels like running on sand, Rao said, adding that he never felt in danger of slipping. Icier conditions would have been more treacherous. And treadmills are not an option for him, because outdoor runs are never boring.

"I only wish I could run a lot more distance," he said.

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