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!