Friday, January 24, 2014
Yesterday I had to get a run in and it was 11* with the windchill. (20 mph Arctic winds). For a Virginian, that is extremely cold. For this Virginian, (sometimes I wonder if I'm part reptilian,) it's unbearably, torturously cold.
I put on so many layers yesterday that my northern climate running friends laughed at me (good-naturedly) on Facebook when they saw my selfie and description of my get-up.
Long bra top, two long-sleeved technical shirts, fleece jacket, Smartwool ski socks (come up to my knees), running tights, track pants, fleece earband, balaclava, double glove-mitten things. The only thing showing was the skin around my eyes. All my clothes were the color black, except for my Hoka Stinson shoes. I looked like a Running Ninja.
My 6-mile run went fairly well and I didn't feel cold with all my layers. However, I could not wait to be done, from the moment I left the house.
Whenever I have a run that is going badly or that I am not enjoying, I try to think of something positive to say. So for this one, I said, "Well, it's not the most miserable run of my life."
That might surprise you. I bet you were thinking I was going to say that this particular run WAS the most miserable. But no, that honor goes to a 15.5-mile run I had on Saturday, January 11th. It was in the mid-30's and pouring rain. I needed to get a long run in THAT DAY. I couldn't do it the next day. So out I went. Not only did I get soaked through, but I even got chased by dogs several times. (I run on rural country roads.) Luckily, I carry pepper spray with me.
However, even during that run, I tried to keep thinking of something positive. That particular day, I thought, "Well, I'm not hot" and "Nothing hurts."
Today is supposed to be just as cold and I'm supposed to go about 10 miles. We will see if I do it outdoors or head to the Y for a treadmill run. Neither one sounds very appealing right now as I sit here by the pellet stove, but I know that if I just do it, that alone is a positive thing.
We will always have good workout days and bad workout days, but there is always something positive to say about it... even if the most positive thing is, "Well, at least I moved today" or "It wasn't the most miserable workout of my life."