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Cold Weather Running

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

In the past I've always had a difficult time trying to run during cold weather. Cold weather for us in Eastern Virginia is between 16 and 40 degrees. I read in Bill Rodgers' "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Running" to add 20 degrees to the outside tempature to dress correctly. This seems to be the magic formula for me. One thing I have learned, is that I prefer to be a bit on the cool side than on the hot side. I figure I can always run faster to warm up. Here's a few examples of how I dress for various tempertures:

Running Tights
Running Sweats
"Tech" t-shirt
Hooded sweat shirt or running light jacket
Thin gloves
no hat

Running Tights
"Tech t-shirt"
Light weight sweat shirt

50+ F
Running shorts
"tech" t-shirt

I try hard to stay properly hydrated during winter as I do during summer.


Friday, November 13th

Friday, November 14, 2008

This has been a good week. Last Saturday gave me a bit of a scare when I suddenly got a lot of leg soreness about 1 mile into my normal run. After two days rest, I was back to my normal 3.1+ mile runs. It seems that my 3.5 mile trot through the hilly park gave my legs a harder workout than I originally realized. When I was able to run pain-free Tuesday morning I realized it was a true blessing and I'm very thankful for it.

Perhaps I talk too much about the running side of things and not enough about BFL and strength training? Running is a bit more personal for me because it's a sport I've struggled with for so long and it's finally working. The truth is, I credit strength training, esp. my legs, with being where I am now with running. I faithfully strength train 3 times per week. I have much more endurance, less aches and pains, and much more self confidence. The combination of cardio and boosting your metabolism with strength training is what triggers fat-loss. I owe much to running AND strength training.


Nov. 6 Birthday Run

Thursday, November 06, 2008

To celebrate a healthy birthday today, I decided to do a 3.1 mile run in my neighborhood. Looking back over the past 10 years, or so, this is definitely the healthiest birthday I've had in a long time! I hope next year's will be even more so.


November 1 Run

Saturday, November 01, 2008

After today's game, I didn't feel like running. As Bill Rodgers said in "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Running," getting out the door is the best way to overcome the feeling. To add my own unique idea, I decided to try a new location and invite a friend along to ride his bike while I ran. Beaver Dam Park, here in Gloucester, is somewhere I've always wanted to run. We met up at the park and found the trail-head after one wrong turn. The trail was all hills but very scenic with Fall colors in full glory. I knew it would test my endurance but I was determined to do my best. The run went well and I did 3.5 miles total. There were some neat little wooden bridges to cross and several "big" hills and many more gradual hills. I had to be very careful running downhill. My buddy would get ahead of me in flat portions of the course but I would actually charge ahead of him when he had to stop to walk the bike up the big hills. We finished around the same time and he commented on how well I paced myself and completed the run. I will be going back to the park in the near-future to do more runs. The views of the lake were spectacular!

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JIBBIE49 11/1/2008 8:37PM

    Stop by to see how you are doing and I'm thrilled that you are out an running! Fantastic. You are doing awesome!!!! We have 61 Days to the New Year, so let's make the most of them.

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Oct 23, 2008

Thursday, October 23, 2008

I'm really excited about how well my Body for Life strength training is progressing, as well as running. I continue to make gains. On Saturdays, I am putting in 3.5 miles per run and 3.1, or a little more, during my weekday training runs. While strength training, I'm diligent about working to muscle failure and am always trying to add weight onto the bar to keep my body "guessing."


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