I just spent 50 minutes running in 22F on the partially shoveled sidewalks of Chicago. The weather person in my phone says with the wind, it feels like 13F, and I'm in no position to disagree.
Brrrrrr....it's cold out thar!
I have never run outside in this kind of weather before, so I'm feeling pretty hard core. Also, I still don't have the cold weather sniper hat, wool socks or YakTrax, so this run was tricky.
A few things:
1. It was not a fast run. I think that once I have the YakTrax and if I can stop being so concerned about getting my flashy new kicks all crapped up with muddy snow slush, I might easily shave a good 20 to 30 seconds off my pace.
2. I would have been smart to wear my squishy pants over my running tights. Yes, I look slick in the tights but 8 minutes into the run, it felt like someone had been slapping my thighs for 6 hours straight. I still haven't looked to see what color they are.
|It's a Balaclava. I'll be a running ninja.|
3. I've been home for more than 20 minutes and I'm still not certain if I am or am not smiling (is this what Botox is like?). I need that sniper hood. It isn't even terribly windy today but an exposed face in this cold is a red, red face. I hope it is normal by the time our dinner guests arrive or they'll think Husband replaced me with an Oompa Loompa.
4. I wanted to quit at about 18 minutes. I was cold and it was difficult running with curb/puddle hopping and slipping all over the icy/unshoveled walks. But I kept going and part of it was just so I could really bask in tomorrow - a planned day of rest. I'm so glad I saw it through to the end. Tomorrow - I'm a blob on the couch. Nothing more. Nothing less.
6. With this 50 minute run today, I have worked out 5 times this week. I ran three times, biked once and swam once. I missed one workout, but I'm not feeling bad about it because it was a migraine day: it was not a day for motion, light, or sound.
I'm pretty proud of myself. And I'm anxious to see where I am a month from now once my body is acclimating to this exercise thing again and is starting to improve in strength and stamina.