Walking in the Cold
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Gotta love the winter weather forecasts. This time, they got the temperature right. 8° F (-13° C) this morning when I went for my short pre-work at home walk. The last part was into a noticeable wind; checked online, and it said SW winds at 24 mph. I'm glad I didn't have that number before I started! Oh, well. 18 minutes isn't an excessive amount of time to be walking in that weather. Because I ran yesterday, I missed the opportunity this morning to run at a colder temperature than I have so far. Oh, well.
By noon, it had warmed up. Got up to 14° F for my lunch walk, with W wind at 17 mph gusting to 30. But I knew it wasn't that big a deal this morning, and I had sunshine, so off for a walk. No run, because I ran yesterday. Good thing I did; yesterday was a much better day to walk home in running clothes when the hip said it had enough.
That west wind was challenging, but I've walked in colder weather. The interesting part is that the sore hip didn't have a problem today, but the bad foot complained about the cold this noon. This morning I had worn a warmer pair of shoes, but in the heat of the day I thought that might not be necessary.
Fortunately, it doesn't get really cold where I live. This might be the coldest day of the winter here, or tomorrow might beat it by a degree or two. By Friday it's supposed to warm up a bit.
Of course, there is the lake effect snow. I'm in a lake effect snow warning right now. I haven't seen any flakes yet, and the warning has been in place for 7 hours so far.
Gotta love those winter weather forecasts. Maybe tomorrow or Thursday I'll set a new personal record for coldest running temperature; but I can't count on it. One way or another, I'll get my 10K steps in.