Virginia has decided it wants to be a Northern state. I’m kind of crabby about it because why should I have to run on 100* 99% humidity days in the summer and in negative windchill in the winter. Must we really have both extremes?
Anyways, Friday wasn’t so bad – I got in a nice 3 miles in a reasonable number of layers. Then on Saturday, I managed to hit the perfect window: 30+ degrees with little wind and some sun. I stopped just short of 6 miles as my knee decided to complain. (I really wish it would heal completely instead of deciding to hurt at random points in runs…)
Beer Geek also managed to get in his two hour bike ride. Yeah, that’s how we celebrate Valentine’s Day: we each get a good workout in and then we drink good beer.
Sunday was cold! We made it through the 50+ MPH winds on Saturday night without losing power (woo hoo!), but it was still super windy on Sunday morning, plus things were a bit icy from the short snowstorm. My plan to get out and run at 10am was thwarted by reports of icy spots on the roads. I was willing to deal with the wind and cold, but I don’t do icy.
Mid-day we went to a National Symphony Orchestra performance: Casey at the Bat. It was a family concert and a ton of fun. Such talented musicians!
The amazing thing was the concert finished a few minutes before 3 and we were home by 3:07. Wow! That’s some kind of amazing around DC! So, of course, I took that time and went for a run because the “feels like” had reached a balmy 8*. I may have put on a few layers…
1. Layers, layers, and more layers. I was a touch too warm up top, but my rear was a bit cold. Since we don’t get the wicked cold here that often, I’m still figuring out what works best on the super cold days.
2. If the wind is howling, wear a windbreaker as your top layer. That way, even if you warm up when you aren’t being buffeted by the wind, you’ll not have the wind cutting through your clothes when a gust comes.
3. Vaseline or aquaphor on your face to prevent windburn. I found this really helpful to protect my skin from the wind gusts. I forgot chapstick and was really regretting that.
4. Wool socks. I’m in love with my Smartwool socks. I need a few pairs that go up higher on my legs.
5. Wear sunglasses and something you can pull up over your face. When I ran into the wind, I was so glad to have something protecting my eyes and I did pull up my buff up over my nose a few times.
Glad I got the run in as I totally ate cake at our Ragnar Cape Cod team meeting. So yummy.
I’m not sure what this week will bring. The boys have today off and it’s supposed to snow tonight. I need to get in 15 miles and 10 miles as my long runs this week, but it’s supposed to be snowy and then super cold again. I have a feeling I may be paying to run in small circles at the rec center late in the week. Ugh.
How about you? Did you run in crazy cold this weekend or do I have to be jealous because you were someplace warm?
Linking up with Tara from Running ‘n’ Reading for my weekend update.