Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Winter Run Love

I have to admit when I heard the forecast for Monday.. cold, snowy and a high of 18, I wasn't thrilled with the prospect of running outside in it. I even planned on just doing some cardio inside on my elliptical.  Somewhere in the back of my head though I kept remembering I like running in the snow.

After 7 weeks of the best fall weather ever I couldn't imagine why I would like running outside in 18 degree weather.  I was cold just looking out the window thinking about it. I hate being cold.

Then I couldn't stand the thought of being a big baby about it, especially since the sun was shining.
seriously doesn't looking at it make you feel a little cold? But look at that beautiful sky!

So I dug around in my closet for my cold weather running layers.
I also added a medium jacket, a hat and gloves.  I was actually looking for my "Suck it up Buttercup" tank. but couldn't find it.  "Be Epic" worked too I guess.

By the time I got dressed, quit procrastinating and started running the sun was no longer shining.  Insert sad face here. Half a mile into the run my face was freezing and I was wondering if I should go home and get a face mask thingy or just go home.  I didn't want frostbite on my face.

Sun!  Where did you go?
I had told myself go at least a mile and then you can turn around and go home.  By the time I hit I mile, I talked myself into a mile and a half, then 2 miles and then I was totally warmed up, my face had thawed out and I was feeling good and loving winter running again. Truth be told I was a little on the hot side and maybe didn't need such a heavy jacket. 

We aren't even supposed to hit freezing until next week so I guess I better just get used to it.
I will say it's the best I have felt running in several weeks and once I got past the my face is going to freeze and fall off stage I loved it.  The pace felt so effortless. I remember now why I love winter running. 

The hardest part about winter running for me is often getting out the door and maybe that first half mile to a mile until I get warmed up. 

What is the hardest part about it for you?

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  1. The hardest part for me is the beginning of a cold workout and the end - if my toes feel numb from the cold. Stay warm!

  2. Whoah, you really do have some winter weather there! The coldest it's gotten here is the 30s. I always find I warm-up between 1 and 2 miles....if I'm warm before mile 1, then I'm going to be too hot and if I'm still cold at mile 2, then I'm going to be cold!

  3. I absolutely agree--it's all about getting out the door. I've been at it enough years that I know that, thankfully, and can give myself that push and go on to enjoy it. Good for you for getting out there and relearning it. I hope my turn doesn't come too soon!

  4. Dealing with the same today! I can't get over how it was 65 and sunny on Saturday at the Moab race and today I'm looking at a high of 17 degrees. But, it also means beautiful solitude on the trails!

  5. Wow. I never have to worry about anything lower than mid 20s. But, I do find it so much easier to run in cold weather than hot...and that is what gets me out the door.

  6. I am totally the same way about running in the cold! It takes a mile or so to really get fully warmed up, but then there's something about it that does make it somehow seem easier. I can't explain it! Often, when it's super cold, I'll start by doing about a minute of jumping jacks to "jump start" (har har!) the warming process. I think it really helps! Keep up the good work! I really love your blog! :)

  7. I love how you were embracing the shorts weather last week, and the snow this week!
    It just goes to show that the right attitude is key - something I need to remember as our weather here gets more humid and tougher for running!

  8. Snow! You go! you are awesome :) The hardest part is always getting dressed and those first few steps lol

  9. What kind of gloves do you wear for those super-cold runs? I have tried so many pairs, and I cannot keep my hands warm.

  10. Glad you had such a great run in the cold! The hardest part is just getting started for me or putting on too many layers and ending up hot.


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