In case it’s not obvious from previous posts, I don’t like cold weather. If it’s below 30 degrees, especially if there is any wind involved, I’m going to hit the treadmill. Add in a little snow and ice and guess where I’m likely to be…
Not today. I wanted to run 14 miles today. It was 19 degrees with a windchill that made it feel like 4. Fortunately, it was sunny and most of the neighborhood got plowed (not my street, that was complete ice). So I bundled up – running tights, running pants, running tank, long sleeve tech shirt, fleece half zip, unlined windbreaker, thorlos socks, hat, and two pairs of gloves. (and yes, I really did need all the layers).
I decided the safest place to run would be in the neighborhood, as many of the side walks in and around the neighborhood had not been shoveled. After I walked very carefully down my street, I took off through the neighborhood. At mile 1, I was convinced I’d be on the treadmill by the end of mile 2. By mile 4, I figured I could get the amount on the treadmill down to 7 miles. At mile 11.5, the wind picked up and I really thought I was going to give in, but I wanted to finish the run outside. I compromised and only ran 13.5 instead of 14. I finished 13.1 in 2:09:38, which was pretty good considering the number of times I had to slow to a walk to avoid ice, puddles or cars.
Today was my last long run before the half marathon. I’m going to do one more longish speed workout (6 miles) this weekend, but the rest of my running will be short and easy from now until next Thursday. Then I’ll take Friday and Saturday as rest days and run the race on Sunday. My goal is to finish under 2:10.
Please let spring arrive soon!
14 thoughts on “Long cold run”
WooooHoooo Bring on the Taper!!!!I’m rooting for you to meet your goal time. But more than that, I hope you have fun. 🙂
great job getting out there and staying upright! enjoy the taper 🙂
You did great. You’ll definitely meet your goal.
The cold kept me inside on the mill today. I didn’t even feel like trying to put up with that!Happy taper 🙂
I’m very impressed with the long run outside – you’re a trooper! Enjoy the taper!!
Great job with a cold run – I’m sick of the cold too! Sounds like you’re in great shape for the half. Enjoy your taper!
Your half is just around the corner! Great job getting out there, in spite of the cold weather. 13.5 miles in freezing cold temperatures… you ROCK!
Nice job getting out in that cold. It’s been bitter here and I have wimped out the past two nights. I think I have finally had enough of the winter.
Great job. Congrats for beating the cold, hope you enjoy your week.
That’s great you were able to run outside. I wouldn’t have braved that cold weather! I’m impressed. Enjoy your taper and good luck with your race!
Wow. Great job on the outdoor run, sister! I do that, too – negotiate with myself while running. But I do it even on nice days.Your blog is once again insisting that I linked to it. But take my word for it, sister, you do NOT want to be associated with that particular post of mine right down there.I’m serious. The FCC might come after you.
Pretty good? That’s a great time, given the cold and wind and ice, or even without them! You should definitely be feeling good about your Sunday goal after that. Hopefully we won’t have another day that cold for the rest of March!
Holy crap woman! Did you run with a big “S” on your chest and a pretty fluttering cape around your neck? You should have. You’re Superwoman. You are gonna clearly kick ass at your half. No question.
Great run! Way to tough it out, ya rockstar.Good luck at your race.