...this happened last night:
Only Jim Cantore wasn't on scene. But my reaction was pretty much identical to his.
We also had 90 mph wind gusts. That's hurricane force winds in Utah, people. Nothing normal about that...
Because I'm not crazy enough to run in a blizzard + lightning + hurricane winds, I chose to run my 3.5 miles on the treadmill of death. Turns out it's been a while since I've used my basement treadmill--apparently sometime in the past few months I decided it would be a good place to store stuff and literally had to move my Christmas tree off of it last night. It took a good 20 minutes to get that poor thing ready to be ran on, but I did it and pounded out the miles while watching Battlestar Galactica on the Ipad. I must say, I REALLY prefer running outside to running on treadmills. The treadmill will definitely be a last resort for me, but I am thankful the option exists because you really never know what to expect from Utah weather.
By the way...there's something you should know about me: I am TOTALLY a weather freak. Way before the movie Twister came out, I wanted to be a meteorologist and go storm chasing. When people would ask me what I wanted to be when I grew up, rather than the standard answer (famous singer! fireman! baseball player!) I would answer with the very specific, "meteorologist." I might have been a bit nerdy in my youth. Okay, let's not kid ourselves...I'm still nerdy. I LOVE weather, particularly really bad weather. One of my goals in life is to see a tornado (from a moderately safe distance of course). When most people run inside to get away from the weather, I run outside to be a part of it. I've been nearly hit by lightning several times. Also, if you would've driven past my house last night you would've seen my standing outside in my tank top and running capris staring up at the sky as the snow and wind pelted me. It was totally worth it. Last night's weird weather phenomena was totally a highlight for me. Even though it totally screwed up my running plans, it was still wicked awesome.
But if I get pneumonia, you now know why.