Today is one of those “eat an entire of sleeve of peanut butter sandwhich girl scout cookies” kind of day. That wouldn’t be so bad, except that I had the same kind of day yesterday. So yeah, I ate an entire box of cookies in two days. Niiiiice.
Enough about crappy days…let’s talk about an awesome day…
Last Sunday I had 7.5 miles on deck and my plan was to do two 3.8mile loops at the local river/park for an even 7.6 miles.
Then it snowed and I was like “no friggen way am I running in that crap” but then I remembered how much I hated the treadmill and I was like “ugh I hate the treadmill and really don’t want to be on one for 7.5 miles” and I proceeded to go back and forth like that about what I was going to do Sunday. Not running, was not an option. Come hell or high water (or in my case a snow storm), I was going to run!
So I hemmed and hawed and mulled it all over obsessively because I am Type A and that is what Type A’s do. Then I started thinking about all the entries I had read from fellow bloggers who were sucking it up and running in the cold. So I gathered all my winter running clothes and began mentally preparing myself for what would be my most challenging run to date.
And was it ever challenging! It was 18 degrees at the start with a wind chill that made it feel like 6 degrees. And there was snow and slush pretty much everywhere! Have I mentioned how much I hate the snow? Seriously, when I finished that run, I felt like a hardcore running superstar!
This is what it looked like when I arrived:
It started off a little rough; my body had to adapt to the cold while I warmed up. After a little warm up, I was off.
Before I started:
The first part of the loop was pretty easy; I could run in the shoulder of the road which was clear of snow and the sun was hitting me so I was getting some warmth. Then I turned the first bend and the wind hit me hard. Thank god for my Bondi Band idea (see ninja photo below)! That swift idea saved me and my run because without it, I think I would have just walked back to my car and driven home.
When you run in this kind of weather you need to dress like a ninja!:
After about the first 2 miles I began to warm up a little and get into a groove, although I was definitely still struggling as this part of the run is shaded and I was missing that little bit of sun I had before. Plus, the shoulder was gone at this point and I was running on pure snow. This was tougher than I imagined so when I rounded the next corner, I was thrilled to see the shoulder again!
And then the first loop was done.
I won’t lie, I toyed with the idea of getting in my car and going home but the fighter within me would not allow it. Even if no one else knew I gave up, I would always know and that is not okay with me. So I stopped at the car for a few minutes to drink and take a GU and then I was back out for loop two!
The footprints of runners braving the cold; I am proud to say some of those are mine:
To my surprise, the second time around was much easier. Still cold and still snowy but for whatever reason I just felt better on the second loop. And after 1:24:33 seconds I was all done! 7.6 in the bank!
I gave that run 120% and I actually paced better than I thought I would- after it was over I felt amazing. It was my longest run since November and my first run in snow. But I felt amazing! Cold, tired and amazing!
What has been your biggest challenge with weather? Do you live where it is hot, cold, rainy…etc?? Do you deal with the elements or do you prefer the treadmill?