Confession time: I like cold weather, even really cold weather, but I’m kind of over winter running for this year. I think it’s because not only have we had snow, but we’ve also had a lot of cold and windy days. My inner Wisconsin girl is ready for spring (even if it does bring the awful allergies with it.)
Since today’s category for Friday Five is “Favorites” and I’m feeling contrary, here are the five things that are not my favorite about winter running…
- How long it takes to get put on all.the.layers – I swear, if I’m going for a short run (3-4 miles), it might take me longer to put on my clothes than it does to actually run the miles. And I can guarantee you that I’m going to need to pee as soon I get them all on.
- When your balaclava or buff sticks to the Aquaphor or Vaseline on your face – Yes, they both rock for protecting your face, but on a cold and windy day you need both. Invariably, the buff will get stuck on your face and then it’s just gross.
- Frozen water bottles and/or gloves – Depending on the temperature and length of the run, the contents of your water bottle can indeed freeze. Add in a bit of leakage from said bottle and suddenly your glove is frozen to the bottle full of stuff you can’t even drink.
- No selfies – I don’t know about your phone, but my iPhone is seriously temperamental. I have to keep it in a pocket near my body and even then sometimes it shuts down. Forget running with it in your hand and snapping pictures at will. Even with good planning, the occasional selfie will be totally ruined by premature shut down.
- The whole run is uphill into the wind – OK, maybe that’s not even possible since I always do a loop or out and back, but on windy days around here, the wind seems to blow from all directions. And it seems to be particularly strong on the uphills. What’s up with that?
Thankfully, we are supposed to have a beautiful weekend, so I’m looking forward to running in single layers and maybe even a skirt without tights underneath. Of course, this being Virginia, there’s a potential for snow again next week. Virginia, you so crazy!