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Notes on a Sunday: Or how not to run in the cold...

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Sunday, October 11, 2009

It was Sunday today -- normally my self-imposed day off from any formal form of exercise. We had two grandkids from out of town stay with us this weekend, so their parents could have a little "no kids" time to themselves. I enjoyed every minute of it, but as those of you who have done it know, chasing two children - an 18 month old and a 3 year old can really wear you out. By the time they were packed up and ready to go home, my house was a mess. My husband said he'd take them on the two hour drive home alone, if I wanted to stay and get a start on the clean up. I was thinking he probably got the better end of the deal. Beautiful fall drive with two sleeping kids in the backseat compared to the domestic duties that awaited my attention.

So when I was in the driveway tearfully waving good-bye in the crisp fall air the idea struck me. Why don't I go for a run before tackling the chaos? A nice run in the cool weather would clear my head and boost my energy, I thought. I really am becoming a runner...
Now I'm not sure why I kept thinking of the air in terms of crisp and cool. Maybe it was the clear day. Not particularly sunny but not too cloudy or windy. I usually run on a treadmill at the gym, but thought I could probably scour my closet and find some appropriate clothes to run in the fall weather. After all, don't you work up a sweat when you run? Don't want to be too hot.
True enough, I found some exercise tights in my closet and pulled on a long sleeved tee-shirt. Perfect! Hmm... and where does the house key go in tights? No pocket might be a problem. Not to worry. it fits in my i-pod strap. Ok ready to roll...

I started out from the house in a brisk warm up walk. Feeling a little chilly, but give it time I thought to myself. Five minutes and I'll be heating up.
Double Ha!
I cut the warm-up to four minutes and started to jog. Get the blood pumping and I'll get warm soon enough. Ok the hands are getting kind of stiff. Am I running in to the wind? I think I'm breathing too fast. Take a nice, deep cleansing breath. Geez Louise! Cold air incoming! And what's up with my nose running? All of a sudden it was like the Hoover dam broke. No room for tissues in tights OR i-pod strap. I'd use my sleeve but I'm on a busy street and don't want to be too obvious. What the heck, I have to do something. So I continued. As soon as a car would pass, I'd use the sleeve and wipe the nose. I settled into a rhythm. Trouble is, at this pace, I'm not wiping, I'm smearing. And it feels like it's freezing on my face. Do my fingers look blue? My shoulders are even getting cold in this thin tee-shirt...

Now when I'm on the treadmill running, I tend to look at the minutes as they roll by. Counting the minutes. One by one. The pace is set. Outside, I can compare where I'm at in my i-pod playlist to give me an idea how far I've ran. I know when "Welcome To The Jungle" comes on I'm coming up on my mile and a half. I was semi-aware of my surroundings as I ran today. Let's see. Passed the school some time back. Looped around and went through the Farrell's parking lot a while ago and GOOD GRACIOUS GOSH ALMIGHTY!! I've been so busy obsessing over my runny nose wiping and keeping the circulation in my fingers, I'm way past "Welcome To The Jungle"!! My mind scrambled to place me in the line up...

My cool down song (don't say cool!!) was coming up. At least 30 minutes of straight running!! I had never ran more than 20 minutes straight. I wasn't even ready to cool down (QUIT saying cool!) yet. The thought of walking slowly - now up hill with the frigid air blowing against my sweaty body was too much. I did what I had to do -- kept running. At last my house was in sight. My sleeve was a wet mess. My face was chapped. My fingers had become ice pops. BUT I felt on top of the world!! I stumbled to a walk laughing and giddy. As I slowed down I felt that same sensation that you get when you take a big bite of cold ice cream -- brain freeze!!!
I sloughed across the street and fumbled with stiff fingers to let myself into the house. The blast of warm air that greeted me when I entered the foyer felt like I had entered a furnace. I took it in for a minute and reached for the tissues on the hall stand ...
I stretched out in the nice warmth and followed that up with a glorious, hot shower. I came out, mellow, relaxed, and put on comfy sweats enjoying that crazy good feeling of tired--
And surveyed the mess.
Awww man....
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    What indicates that you are a 'real runner' is that you used your sleeve as a kleenex! Ha ha! Your not a runner until forced to do some of those things...just wait until you have to duck into the woods! Anyhow, I love what you write! Keep up the great work!
    2954 days ago
    Loved the blog. I can relate to everything from the grandkids to the runny nose to letting housework wait so I can go run. Sleeves do come in handy.
    2955 days ago
    Great blog, made me smile.
    2957 days ago
    Oh yeah -- I don't run, but I can identify. Hiking does the runny nose thing for me ... eps. if it's cool. Now that you're a grandmother, don't forget this old trick --- a few tissues (or a nice handkerchief) tuck into the sleeve nicely! Hate the look, but use it now & then!! The house will get back in shape; the memory of the run will last. The encouragement we all got was GREAT -- so keep running and keep telling us about your adventures!
    2957 days ago
    A glimpse of "real" life...Loved it!
    2957 days ago
    FYI, for me the runny nose can happen inside or out!! It's a pain! I would and have used the sleeve of my shirt! I try to remember to bring tissues but I don't always remember. Great story!!
    2957 days ago
    I've been there with the nose. Ha! I might be downloading Welcome to the Jungle for my IPOD, now.
    2957 days ago
    Hahahaha, as a Floridian facing fall running in Wisconsin, I loved this blog! When I run outdoors I'm ALL ABOUT the warmups...cool down not so much!

    Thanks for the entertainment.
    2957 days ago
    I absolutely love the way your told this tale! Remember the sleeves! LOL Have a great day!
    2957 days ago
    So this is what I should look forward to if I run outside in the cool air? I think I'll stick to the treadmill at the Y til spring! lol
    You should be so proud of yourself for getting out there in the first place! YAY for you! emoticon
    Keep the blogs coming! Love em!
    2957 days ago
    Oh Boy! I so relate to your blog! First of all, grandkids can wear you out like nothing else! Mine TALK all the time! Whew!! But the quiet is awful when they leave!

    For some reason, even in warm weather, my nose runs when I run! My daughter says hers does too and she just used the inside of the neck of her shirt (EEWWWWW!!) So I take tissues, or a paper towel with me. Paper towel may be hard on the nose, but it is also good for wiping sweat off your brow so it doesn't run in your eyes! If you don't have pockets, a nice little fanny pack is great. I use it for my key, cell phone, chap stick, a cough drop or something to suck on on short runs. I use a different fanny pack with a place for a water bottle and energy gels or chews for runs longer than an hour.

    Keep up the good work!


    2958 days ago
    So long as you didn't lick your upper lip, the sleeve is all good!!
    2959 days ago
  • WHOLY_FIT_48
    That was a great share! I can so relate to the runny nose issue as I know so many runners out in the SP world can. You have a wonderful gift in being able to tell a story.
    2959 days ago
    You are doing great and I truly enjoyed reading your blogs. You have a wonderful way with words.
    2959 days ago
    I loved your denial blog, but this one was awesome! It's so great when you surprise yourself! And procrastination in the form of exercise is always acceptable! I still don't love running, but you may win me over yet! Thanks!
    2959 days ago
    Yah you! I was hoping to hear that hubby cleaned up for you while you warmed up in the shower - always nice to dream!
    2959 days ago
    LOVED this blog! You sure know how to tell a story..
    did the house get cleaned before hubby returned?? My favorite part of a cold run is the hot shower afterwards!
    2959 days ago
    GREAT blog... cool down? Who needs a cool down?
    Tee hee.
    2959 days ago
    Don't forget your pant legs though, you can almost always stick things (albeit they aren't so easily accessed) up your pant legs. I regularly stick fruit rollups in my legs in case I get low bloodsugar (I'm diabetic) and a house key easily pins inside the edge of your tshirt.
    Kleenex can be stuffed up your sleeves or tucked into your waist band, and if you wear a hat that's just one more place to "hide" things!
    2959 days ago
    You are doing awesome...way to go!!!
    2959 days ago
  • MSZORO09
    Great Story and am really glad to see that I am not the only out there that has "LIVED" in the River of Denial...We all have to face our fears of (one of my biggest) of why we can't do ???? it is just a matter of JUST DO IT....and don't worry about anything but being a better us. emoticon
    2960 days ago
    Great Blog! I get the runny nose inside or out. Not sure why. Sounds like an awesome run!!!
    2960 days ago
  • MADDE3333
    You are the Erma Bombeck of bloggers...that was a great story about your jog. Loved the "Geez Louise" and "Aww man."

    Great going.
    2960 days ago
    Great jog. Love "Welcome to the Jungle." Best wishes for more happy trails, minus the runny nose. (smiling)
    2961 days ago
    Great Blog!! The running...Fantabulous!

    The grandchildren...adorable, but they do leave a mess, don't they? :-)

    Good job...keep it up!!!

    2961 days ago
  • LAURT02
    LOL I laughed out loud when I was reading your blog! I always wipe sweat off of my face with my shirt (...its a beautiful habit, SARCASM!) when I'm working out, but I always have to do it in the most inconspicuous way. So instead of making it look like I'm wiping my face with my shirt, it looks like I'm REALLY loving the smell of my armpits hahah

    Congrats for getting through it though!! You're my inspiration :o)
    2961 days ago
    I enjoyed a chilly walk / jog while visiting our son in MI. 40-some degrees and I go with nothing but shorts and t-shirt...! My nose ALWAYS runs, so I packed some tissue in the pocket of my shorts.

    A trick I learned with my hands: if I leave them wide open, fingers extended...they're gonna FREEZE! So: I close them with fingers pressed against my palms. Cold no more! Of course once I get going I tend to give off a LOT of heat! :-)

    2962 days ago
    emoticon emoticon keep it up!
    2962 days ago
    GREAT job!!
    2963 days ago
    Great job! Keep it up!
    2963 days ago
  • LAURIE5658
    Joanne, its called L A Y E R S !!!!!!! LOL Now THIS is funny stuff! And yes, my grandkids are sorta kinda the same age and I know EXACTLY what you are referring to when you say "mess"...but a good mess. GREAT run by the way and I totally love your timing system! So let me ask you...just exactly how much cen you fit inside an Ipod strap?!?!

    Good job, my Sparktastic buddy!!!

    2963 days ago
    What a fantastic blog! I have just started running this summer and love it! I do intervals. Although its been cold here I haven't run into this problem yet, however, I have worn layers that i could take off and leave around the track where I run if I needed to. I like the idea of a playlist but my ipod just has all my music on it kind of mixed together. Thanks for sharing this, I loved it.
    2963 days ago
    The only support that I see you need is maid or cleaning staff support. Good job on the run. Maybe next time tuck a kleenix in your sleeve...lol.

    2963 days ago
  • WASABI601
    I have to laugh right along with you on this. The trick....two toned long sleeve running tops.....two tones hide the wipping of the nose better on the sleeve.Great job on the running!!!!!! I finally can slip into my tights for running and ridding!!!!!
    So funny about the IPOD. I use mine almost like a watch. I know how far and how much time is left my which song is playing. I finally tweaked my playlist to get the slow love songs so they don't come on my hill climbs!!!
    Keep up the great blogs and that awesome running!!!!!! Looks like I'm going to have to stay two steps ahead of you!!!!
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    2963 days ago
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