Cold weather running

Well, not actually out in the cold…

My church has started a Saturday running group at 8am and since it’s January I made sure to check the weather on Friday night; they were forecasting 22 degrees at 8am – Yikes! I’m a BIG sissy when it comes to running in the cold so there was no way I was running outside in those temps; however I was bound and determined to get my run in early. I decided I would meet up with the group and then head off to Anytime Fitness. This served me well because I was already dressed and out the door – no excuses to ‘wait until later’.

At the meeting, most runners felt the same way I did – only opting to wait until later in the day to do their run…but not K. She’s hardcore and wasn’t going to let the temps stop her from running outside – she tried to talk me into it but I was clearly not dressed to run outside and I had no desire to anyway. We needed to put in 6 miles to help prepare for the Hot Chocolate 15K in Atlanta at the end of the month so she hit the streets and I hit the treadmill.

I don’t mind running on the treadmill most of the time but I’ve learned anything over 3 or 4 miles gets really boring and brutal. After 3 miles I told myself that I would stop at 4 – then I thought about K running outside and decided I would push on until 5 miles. Once I hit 5, I reasoned that I only had one more mile to go so I finished it. I was mentally exhausted when it was over and I was rethinking the whole running outside in the cold thing 😉

As tough as it was, I’m so glad I completed the planned distance – I know I would’ve regretted it later if I had stopped early.

1.10.15 mmr

1st run with Forerunner

Following the 10k training program, I was only supposed to run 4 miles today but the girls I run with on Saturdays wanted to do 6 miles so I figured, why not?  We met at our church and agreed to run to the bridge at Lake Wylie and back which would get us that distance.  The temperature was 75 and very HUMID but at least it was overcast with a little breeze.  There was a threat of thunder showers but we decided to head out and take our chances – thankfully we made the round trip without getting wet.

I received my Garmin Forerunner yesterday afternoon and played with it last night so I could use it on my run today.  I also set the app on my phone just in case I messed up the Garmin.  One thing I learned from using it today was not to start my Garmin on the warm up walk, in the future I’ll wait until I actually start running – it took a few minutes for the pace to reset from the warm up walk, plus I don’t want the warm up/cool down walk factored into my pace.

So off we went, the three of us have a bit different pace – there’s K who runs around 11, there’s me running around 12 and L runs around 13.   After we get started we’re separated a bit but still within sight distance.  When I run with the ladies I usually push myself a little harder than when it’s just me and it was no different today; I didn’t slow for my first walk until 2.25.  After that I had many more walk breaks that I didn’t keep track of – the HUMIDITY was getting to me, not to mention the hills.  On this particular route there is one BIG hill on the return route (of course we get to go down it in the first half); it is a killer hill…I had a hard time just walking up it…ugh!  I walked a good bit around mile 4 because of the hill (I’m such a whiner!) so I tried to pick up the pace for the rest of the run but my legs where not cooperating.

After we finished I forgot to stop the Garmin until well after the cool down walk so I really didn’t get a good picture of my running pace – another lesson learned!  And then I realized that I set the intervals on my app wrong and it only captured 5.75 miles – duh!  Rough day, LOL!  I’ve got room for improvement all around 🙂

C25K stats:

(the highlighted portion is the HILL from hell!)



GARMIN stats:

6.7.14 Garmin