Yesterday’s weather forecast for 9am looked just like this:
This might be normal for some of you Northern people, but this is the coldest it’s been here in 4 years. Seriously, when I got up at 6:30am, my bedroom was 55 degrees! (Naturally, the first thing I did upon waking was make sure the gecko was warm enough. His cage was a balmy 65. Poor little guy!)
I was all prepared to turn in my Wisconsin girl card and hit the treadmill, when a friend texted me that she wanted to run outside because she needed the sun. Ok, then.
So, I put on: two pairs of running tights, a heavy pair of socks, a tank top, a long sleeve top, a half zip, my running jacket, heavy running gloves, and a hat. What? I don’t do cold.
Thankfully, it was pretty sunny out and we managed to stay out of the wind for much of the run. But, I’ll be honest, I wore my gloves the entire time and my butt never got warm.
I thought I’d manage to do about three miles, but you know what I did?
Apparently being cold makes me go faster too…
19 thoughts on “This is the south, right???”
Well done! I love running in the cold because I run so well (and fast) when it’s cold.
Nice! Cold definitely makes you faster…as long as there’s decent footing.
Yesterday there was, today, not so much.
I don’t think I have ever went out for 3 and did 10! Great job!
I kind of have to trick myself into my long runs LOL.
I am suffering, for the record! I hate, hate, hate this weather. But, I’ve yet to give in to the treadmill. Put on the yaktrax today for 8. Tomorrow I am really dreading, though–9 miler w/ six tempo miles–hoping there is no ice!
Yes, running in the cold makes one go faster! I love it and cannot wait til the trails here get de-snowed so I can enjoy that again! In the mean time, it’s training at home and enjoying the views of snowy mountains (my just-moved-from-VA legs aren’t up for the snowy trails of UT yet…).
Umm, yeah, that would be a huge change!
Nice job braving the elements!
I ran in Central Park this morning, a little colder here in NYC than VA, but not much. I blame the cold AND the early hour to needing 80% of my run to be the warm up!
I am slowly, very slowly learning that over dressing results in me being just as cold as if I had under dressed. Eventually I’ll get it right.
I was, surprisingly, not overdressed. There was enough wind to keep my happy I had all my layers on. But I’m running at a really slow, low heart rate pace right now to build endurance, so I don’t get as warm as I used to.
Wow, that’s pretty cold! We here in Germany are used to such weather by now though. 😛
The big problem is that VA doesn’t usually get this cold + just last week it was warm enough to run in shorts!
I’m not mocking you, but I had a good giggle at all the clothes you put on to run. Right now here it is -23 C (-9 F and with the windchill it will feel like -37 C (-34 F). I’m not a huge fan of the cold but it’s something you get used too. Tonight though, I have run club, and I can tell you I’m not looking forward to it. But I’m Cdn. so we just “suck it up buttercup” and get at it! LOL
What can I say? Living in VA and NC for the last 25 years has totally replace any winter cred I had from living in Wisconsin and North Dakota as a child LOL.
It’s great what a bit of buddy-running-incentive can do. And I bet the run was way more fun than running on the ‘mill.
Nice job on braving the cold. I’ve been on the treadmill for my last few runs and swear I’m starting to lose my mind. Determined to do this weekend’s long run outside!
Dang -10 miles in 20 degrees???
I wimped out big-time. It was 11 degrees here so I hung ith my bestie treadmill!!!
I’d run faster too if my butt were behind me freezing all the way. Oh, except I don’t run. But I do have a butt – warm one at that! Heh heh