I’m an outside runner. Period. I avoid the treadmill at all cost. It’s boring. It’s blah. And it’s boring.
So all my running is done outside, rain or shine, or frigid cold, or steamy hot.
There’s only a few weather situations that keep me from going out – ice on the roads, blustery, below freezing winds, and lightening storms.
This week, it was ice on the roads.
I had planned on running at least 7 miles on Sunday, in an effort to build my stamina back up, but that was nixed as soon as I looked outside. Sleet and freezing rain covered the streets, the cars, the deck.
I trudged downstairs to the elliptical. (For whatever reason, I can work out on that for 45 minutes, sweatin’ my tail off. I just can’t do the treadmill.)
I awoke the next day, determined to go outside. Ice still covered the ground AND the winds were blustery and below freezing.
Down to the elliptical I went.
Today, I awoke, itchin’ to run. A quick look outside showed no wind, no ice. It was 18 degrees…. but I can handle the cold. (Wait… did I just say that?)
I donned two pairs of pants, 4 layers of shirts, 2 pairs of socks, my earmuffs, my mittens, and my scarf. By this time I was sweatin’ just standing in my house. 18 degrees was going to feel pretty good.
And it did.
It felt good to be running again. Today was only my 3rd day back after that Flippin’ Flu, so I didn’t expect to go long. I managed a 5.6 mile run in 42 minutes – just over 7 minutes a mile. Amazing how freezing temps can spur you to move a little faster.
I’m still anxious to push myself for a long run. Gotta get back to those in order to feel confident again about finishing the half-marathon. It’s been difficult due to the weather and my work schedule, but I’m determined if nothing else.
And I’m very excited about it! Especially after reading about Agg’s experience. Running 13.1 miles in a downpour with gusty winds is very inspirational. I can’t wait to have that same experience. Of course, my run will be in 40 degree temps with the sun shining and no rain.
(Don’t worry. I crossed my fingers so I wouldn’t jinx myself.)
Either way, I’m looking forward to training these next few months, and anticipating the thrill of crossing the finish line. And I plan to use Agg’s tips on what to wear, what to eat and drink, and which potties to use.
Nice to have an experienced blog friend to help me through….