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10 mile day

Friday, January 04, 2013

Yesterday ended up being a 10 mile day, though I didn't plan it to be. I missed a few workouts Sun-Tues due to traveling in the car and ended up doing a double workout at lunch time.

I swam for an hour (2 mi), then ran a 10k route that I like (at a slow recovery pace, I had run hard indoors on the treadmill the day before), then at the end of the day I walked home from work (2 mi). It was cold out, it was in single digits in the morning, but had warmed up to the teens by the time I ran and about 20 by the time I walked home.

Maybe I overdid it in the new years excitement. My legs were pretty sore last night and this morning, and my left knee is acting up. I think that I will lay off the legs today!

I need to reevaluate my cold weather running gear. I had tights, a t-shirt, a thermal shirt, a vest, a hat, and light gloves. My hands were cold the first 2 miles or so but eventually warmed (until I had to take off my gloves to tie my shoe - I usually double knot them but neglected to this time). The bigger concern was the wind burn that I developed on my upper thighs. By the time I finished running, they were very red. I think I need thicker tights or a second layer to help block the wind.

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Looking forward to going skiing with the family tomorrow at our local ski hill, Berkshire East!
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    Thanks for this blog. I have been reading about cold weather running lately. We've been down here in Florida for 26 years, and sometimes I miss the cold. Like just now, reading about your running and walking in the cold.

    1775 days ago
    Wow, big kudos to you for braving the cold weather. Considering I rarely see temps below 50, I probably would not have ventured out the house yesterday. I went to Seattle last weekend and nearly froze and the temps were only around the high 30's to low 40's.

    I sign up for most of my races through and they are constantly sending me emails about running stuff and also running gear. I think their site is One of the recent emails was about clothing for winter running.
    A quick way to get instant info about winter running gear is to make a post on the half marathon team board. Or check recent posts on the board; I have seen this topic recently.

    1778 days ago
    Phew, that's some "tri-athlon" especially in cold windy conditions! Have fun on ths ski-slopes! emoticon
    1778 days ago
    Holy cow, you do in a day what I aim to do in a week!
    1778 days ago
    I personally go for a second layer. Seems warmer and more versatile overall. Keep up the great work. I hate running in the cold and don't do it much.
    1778 days ago
    Great workout day!!
    Perhaps some thicker tights is the way to go.
    1778 days ago
    You are very brave! I don't know how you can stand such cold weather! Good for you!
    1778 days ago
    Love your dedication and determination! You are a true inspriation. Great job on getting out in the cold and getting it done!! All the best to you!!

    Have you seen the running gloves that have a mitten cover over the gloved hands? Maybe that will help keep you warm?
    1778 days ago
    That was an amazing day! Nothing wrong with your fitness level...
    1778 days ago
  • ANDY_54
    Hey great mileage on a freezing day! As for running tights, I know my husband was looking at some from North Face that were designed for winter--he was going to use them under hiking pants for some back trails this winter. Don't have the name off-hand because he went another direction. Thermopolis maybe? Or what about some looser fitting pants (acts like a shell) over the tights you have? Good job keeping up the runs in the midst of the cold wave, lol. Have fun skiing!
    1778 days ago
    Sounds like you had a great day!! I've been using a very thin (summer weight) nylon pants over my tights. Seems to help with the wind without adding too much heat!
    1778 days ago
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