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Love and hate running

Monday, March 18, 2013

Last night I went to sleep an hour earlier than usual. Today was the final run/race for my 5k clinic group. I woke up a half a dozen times throughout the night. Anxious, I think. I had 10k on my line-up for my half marathon training, so I told my group I'd be doing the 10k loop. I like 10k. It's a great distance.

However, I don't like -27C with the wind chill (-17F if anybody cares to know). Let me tell you, I've handled down to -17C (ish), which is about 0F, but it's not fun. And I have dreaded, absolutely dreaded my cold runs. I'd call anything colder than -15/-20C a cold run. The short ones of 3-5k (when I was leading my 5k clinic) were short bouts of misery, but the longer runs of 10-11k with my regular group to maintain my distances....pure misery. I hated running. Every time I ran I started to tear up around the 7-9k point. Pure awfulness. I always dreaded those runs. And since I committed to leading the 5k clinic I HAD to lead all the runs. 3 times a week, up to 5k distances (as long as my group showed). Through the bitter, blinding cold. And I never once complained about the cold to my 5k clinic- I always encouraged and pumped them up.

I loved leading the clinic, the ladies were wonderful but I.hated.every.moment.

This morning read -27C and I wanted to cry. I wanted to fake sickness. I actually thought that if I got into a car accident I wouldn't have to run in -27C. How sad is that?

So running late due to dread already, I quickly stripped off my under layers, grabbed my gym bag, and headed out to the run. I am the person who wears 4-5 layers on my upper body, an earband and hood, mittens (strangely enough the only body part besides my toes with 2 layers of socks that don't really get cold are my fingers. yaye me), double socks, and 2 pants (the bottom layer being a thermal made for the coldest running weather type pair). Still, I freeze. And I look and move like the marshmallow man while doing it. I am chilled always during those runs. I haven't in the past done winter sports, it wasn't my thing. I don't know how others in my running group aren't that cold and yet they may wear only 2 or 3 similar layers on top.

And here I was already tearing up with dread over having to run my 10k outside. In the -27C.

So I said 'F That.' And I immediately started to feel better.

I went there, told my group that I was there to cheer them on for their 5k and would do my 10k run on the track at the gym. That I needed a continuous 10k run, and that this weather did not agree with me for a long run.
Should I have ran 5 with them, and gone to the gym to finish the 10, with an hour in between? Should I have toughed out the 10k outside in pure misery? Should I have faked sickness instead? I'm not lying or being overly dramatic- it is pure hell for me to run in those super cold temperatures outside. I think my Tom Green Guy was about *this* close to ending things with me due to how miserable I was during all the long cold runs. He did run out of patience (and he's got lots of patience).

I never knew before as last winter I ran inside on the track. I thought I'd tough out a winter, see if I liked it. I thought 'hey! I'll lead a clinic! Make me run through the winter outside!'


And I figure I should at least be happy running. Ok, perhaps running the last how many KMs of a half aren't exactly the most pleasant, but for the most part a person should enjoy running. They should enjoy training.

So my 10k on the track at the gym later? All by myself, with the music in my ears, and I got lost in the rhythm of running. I loved it.

So this?

This is what happens when the temperature is hovering around -30C and you're out running for any length of time. You start to frost up like a piece of glass. Turn into a human popsicle. Pretty, yes. Pleasant, no.

I loved leading my 5k clinic, but I don't love running in the cold.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
JAZZERDANCER7 5/28/2013 1:19PM

    Wow! I don't blame you at all. That picture says so much! I live in Florida, so we don't have temps like that. But I get too cold in the low 40's. The body never warms up so it makes my run difficult. I feel for you. emoticon

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GIRLONFIRE1979 4/12/2013 2:31PM

    My body has never been able to handle extreme temperatures. My sister laughs at me because when it's really cold out I will stand still and wait 45 minutes for a 5 minute bus ride rather than walk home 20 minutes. I always try to explain to her that my muscles FREEZE and I can't walk that far even if I want to. My body just shuts down. I cannot even fathom how you could ran in negative degree weather. Good for you for giving your body what it craves...which was still fitness.

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TBABY_8 3/29/2013 11:00PM

    Is that frost on your eyelashes?!? Girl, you are a trooper! I'm not that fond of working out. I'm not fond of cold weather and working outside in the cold is a double no no. I commend you for doing it. You go girl! emoticon

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SNOWANGELDIVA 3/24/2013 5:38PM

    You are amazing.
I do not walk outside at anything with a -c. Period.I do not share my sanctuary with anyone either. Once in a Blue Moon I'll over totake my spawn. It is an obligatory offer. They know they're not wwanted. I have enough annoying gripeing slapping my brain...I don't want more.
Who would ever fake an illness to keep away from being srverely uncomfortable?...certainly not me...okay - me.

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SNOWANGELDIVA 3/24/2013 5:37PM

    You are amazing.
I do not walk outside at anything with a -c. Period.I do not share my sanctuary with anyone either. Once in a Blue Moon I'll offer to take my spawn. It is an obligatory offer. They know they're not wwanted. I have enough annoying gripeing slapping my brain...I don't want more.
Who would ever fake an illness to keep away from being srverely uncomfortable?...certainly not me...okay - me.

Comment edited on: 3/24/2013 5:38:31 PM

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CLPURNELL 3/18/2013 10:24PM

    I admire you for running outside in the cold AT ALL!!! I HATE THE COLD!!! Probably why I am on a tropical island anything under 50F is too cold for me. So You have all my respect for what you have endured!!! Keep running inside!!!!

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SGRAY478 3/18/2013 9:41PM

    I am still pretty amazed by you being a 5K coach. That took some courage! It is really important to look forward to your workouts and you gotta do what's right for you! Hopefully you get a chance to be a leader once the weather warms up!

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JESSIHOVER2 3/18/2013 7:27PM

    I can't blame you. I ran outside all year last year, almost everyday. This year, I couldn't even fathom it. If you're not enjoying your run, you shouldn't be doing it. It should be something you love to do, not a chore.

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    I can't imagine. I'm a mouth-breather and I think that running/walking in that kind of weather would make my chest hurt really bad.

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POOKASLUAGH 3/18/2013 9:35AM

    I like the cold, but NOT that kind of cold! I wouldn't have been able to do it! You're a stronger person than I am!!

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SMILINGTREE 3/18/2013 8:28AM

    Yes, you should enjoy running. I cannot imagine still going with so much dread. Or running in temperatures that would cause frost on my eyelashes. Nope. No way.

You did the right thing!

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GETSTRONGRRR 3/18/2013 8:04AM

    Love it/Hate's the story of our exercising lifestyles.

Just keep at it til summer!

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BUSYGRANNY5 3/18/2013 7:33AM

    Very impressive!!! Keep on keeping on!!!

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HEAT7918 3/18/2013 6:38AM

    At my best, I've run 5k (without stopping to walk), but I only run or walk outside when it's 50F or preferably higher. I HATE the cold. I'm super impressed that you've done 5ks in the freezing cold and I'm inspired by your love of running and the bravery it took to tell your running group that you were going to run your 10k inside!!


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PATSYB7 3/18/2013 6:10AM

    You're brave! I am a wuss. I don't take the dog out for our am walks in anything under 15F. Wind? Yuk. Unfortunately training is not always a pleasant experience. Ask any hardcore athlete. And now that we've changed the clocks here it is very dark in the mornings. Oh well, time to wake the dog and brave the 22F. LOL Have a great day! emoticon

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