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The Most Miserable Run of My Life. Finding something positive.

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."
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    This has been a cold winter.

    Congrats to you for sticking it out, looking for the positives and not making excuses.

    1609 days ago
    I'm sorry. I can't relate as I live in a desert in AZ, but I'm super proud of you for sticking to your running plan in the Artic weather!

    I'll probably write a similar blog in July when it's 115 degrees at 9am.


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    I'm sending you sunny thoughts!
    1609 days ago
    emoticon It does seem to have been unusually Cold in a lot of places this year. I wonder if Leslie knows how much She is working out, LOL!!
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    I feel your pain, I'm in Ohio and it was 10 degrees today until the wind kicked in and now it's minus 10. I wanted to get in a run today as well--I'm on a schedule for a half-marathon--but I managed to find a treadmill. Sunday will be the test for an 8-miler and it will have to be outside (but I hear it's gonna go up to 33!) I'd like to say to you just find another day to do it in, but if you can do it safely then go for it. Or find that treadmill! Good luck with your decision ;-).
    1609 days ago
    A HUGE KUDOS to you!!! It's been unusually cold here in GA, and when I go out to get to Curves, I know then that I'm not walking outside. I have no gym membership, but I do have Leslie Sansone, the walking queen and she and I did 6 miles last night, together! Like you, I have and need to get my workouts in! Good for you for pushing through all the horrid weather and persevering!!!

    Be blessed,

    - Nancy Jean -
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  • JAROL7
    Maybe good for being tenacious ... not so good for not taking a break day????
    1610 days ago
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