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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.
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    Here's my "NO EXCUSE" picture I took today! Know the feeling, but any day in the sunshine is a gift in the Winter!
    1949 days ago

    I feel your pain!
    1950 days ago
  • NWFL59
    You're nuts (a good kind i.e. about exercise and fulfilling promises to yourself) to be out in that cold and with the wind chill effect. Here I wouldn't go out because it was hovering around 56 for most of the morning! I guess I'm a temperature wooss. emoticon
    1950 days ago
    "Fortunately, it doesn't get really cold where I live."
    That is a matter of opinion. If it was 8 degrees here the entire region would shut down for at least a week. No one would be out walking or running.
    1950 days ago
    It was 4 degrees and calm this morning when I took an early morning walk, just for 15 minutes. But I think I sensed something was coming and I had an ambulance run and was gone for 2 hours. Chewed a real hole in my day but
    I did what I could and left a few things for tomorrow. Have a happy hump day!
    1950 days ago
    I did my morning break walk outdoors today, but then opted for indoors for my noon and afternoon ones. Given what all else is going on in my life right now, I'm cutting myself some workout slack. Back to the line in the sand? Maybe for a couple of weeks anyway.

    If it turns out I find my motivation and get back on track enough to do the full, so be it. If the half, so be it. I think I'm past my storm of willfulness... and rejoicing in remembering what I'm doing it all for.

    LIFE, and its goodness. Spark on! emoticon
    1950 days ago
  • KANOE10
    Wow..I thoought I was brave for walking in 27 degrees. Good job of keeping up the exercise.
    1950 days ago
    Where we went on our little mountain hike yesterday it was a balmy 29 degrees. A bit chilly at first but if you're bundled up you actually get hot once you get moving on the uphill with a power walk pace. If it were 8 degrees, pretty sure I'd have opted for an indoor alternative. But good for you not letting the frigid weather get in the way of your exercise routine! emoticon
    1950 days ago
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