Finally…

Got my arse in gear and went for a run today. As luck would have it, it was pretty darn cold and windy today…yuck! And I thought of a ‘bi-jillion’ reasons not to run – I even procrastinated until after lunch but finally the thought of my running buddies out there in the cold putting in 20 miles made me feel like a real heel. Hey, whatever works!!

I drove to the area where they would be running hoping to pass them as they were finishing up. My plan called for 11 miles today…yeah, right! I knew the route I was going to follow and if I repeated that twice I would have my 11.

I was pretty well bundled up with multiple layers and I even had some hand warmers I made a few years ago so my digits wouldn’t get too cold. The first few miles weren’t so bad, the sun was shining bright and only when I hit the shady areas did it get a little uncomfortable. I turned around at 2.5 miles and headed back to complete the first loop and that’s when I started feeling like I was dragging a car behind me…ugh. I made sure I ate a granola bar at the 40 min mark but it didn’t seem to help.

I got back to where I started at 5.25 miles – I decided I had had just about enough. I didn’t pass any of my running buddies so I figured they had already finished up and it was starting to feel colder than when I started. I kept running until 6 miles and made my way back to the car. I guess that’s better than nothing!!

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Next weekend is the Charlotte 10 Miler, we’ll see how that goes; at least the weather is supposed to be a little warmer – yay!

ttfn and… G’night!

Running outside again

If you read my blog you know I’m a big sissy when it comes to running outside in the cold. After this past weekend’s 6 mile run on the treadmill I was really itching to get back outside. The temps today were just barely over 40 but windchill made it feel more like the 30s so I was not looking forward to running outside…but…I did it anyway! I could hear K in my ear telling me it’s not that bad once you get going, so I layered up and got my rear out the door.

The C25K app was giving me issues finding GPS again so I just decided I’d use my Garmin, and then 1/2 way into my warmup walk I tried again and – voila – it worked. I had on knit hat and a headband to keep my ears warm but didn’t take a scarf because I thought that would be too much; I could’ve used the scarf during the first mile but I was right to leave it at home because I didn’t need it after that. My legs, specifically the outside of my thighs were really the only area that was cold. K says that’s the area that gets cold on her too – must be the aerodynamics – lol!

I considered stopping at 2 miles but once I was ‘warmed up’ I wanted to finish. I tried to reach 3.1 miles within 39:00 but I was just a little shy of that, I’ll blame it on the cold weather 🙂 I also did a little more walking than I planned, so that makes sense.

I still can’t seem to get Garmin & C25K to agree on time and distance 😦

GARMIN

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C25K

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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.

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