We’ve had an unseasonably warm winter thus far – with temps for my last 2 runs being in the 40’s. Today, that was NOT the case. It’s like Mother Nature finally got the memo that, in fact, it’s January! Here’s what weather underground said as I headed out the door . . . Brrrrrr!
I actually don’t mind running in the cold (I suppose I draw the line at -10 windchill). Fierce winds,though, now that’s a different story. I LOVE running while it’s snowing (so pretty and such a distraction). So what’s a girl put on to go out for a 3 miler in these conditions?
Bondi band pony tail hat (although I LOVE bondi bands, not a fan of this hat); sunglasses to block the wind (mental note – skip these in the future they fog up once the scarf is pulled up); LS tech shirt, quarter zip tech shirt, fleece, scarf & gloves, tights, and pants.
Although I felt like the Pillsbury Dough
Boy Girl, I was excited to face Mother Nature and show her who was boss . . . ME!
Because it was very slippery, I opted to slap on some Yak Tracks – AWESOME CHOICE. I have owned these for 2 years but never felt the need to wear them. EVERYONE should have a pair and use them often. It was extremely icy in many spots, but I didn’t even slide a little AND I had some of my faster intervals in quite some time!
I thought I would also snap some photos since it was so beautiful out . . .
That last photo was taken at my turn around point and I thought I felt icy eyelashes so I snapped a picture of myself just to see . . . YEP, I did!
The path I ran today has the .5 miles marked so I opted to try to walk .5 miles then run .5 miles and repeat for 3 miles. I ended up finishing in 44:27 – details below. My half mile run intervals were pretty impressive (for me that is, and especially given my attire and the conditions)
0-.5 walk warm up
.5-1.0 run (12:00 m/m pace)
1.5-2.0 run (11:00 m/m pace)
2.5-3.0 run (11:30 m/m pace)
3.0-3.25 walk cool down (ha cool down – it was only 6* ha ha ha)
Breathing was a little challenging, but other than that I’m excited I got a 3 miler in today.
After a nice shower, I enjoyed a sliced pear and a cup of homemade hot chocolate (thanks, Mom for making the mix – YUM!).
So now a very pressing (and timely) question . . . my running mentor says that it makes a runner super hard core to run in blustery winter conditions. I completely disagree. I think a runner is WAY more hard core if he/she is out running in 100 degrees with a heat index of 110 or more.
What environmental conditions do you think makes a runner most hard core?