I AM REGISTERED FOR A MARATHON
Super Stretch Goal: 4:45:00. Average pace 10:52/mile.
Stretch Goal: 4:50:00. Average pace 11:03/mile.
Goal: 5:00:00. Average pace 11:26/mile.
Hey 26.2, I’ll see you October 5th.
2.0 miles done. Average pace 11:23.
It’s 22 degrees out… Feels like 70! ;)
Before and after.
3.55 miles in 43 minutes. Average pace 12:03. Temperature? Feels like -2.
So it’s -5°F/ -20°C and you want to go running?
Be safe, wear layers, carry emergency contact numbers and/or a phone.
Here are my recommendations to make cold weather running bearable:
- Sunglasses. Don’t argue with me here. With extreme cold comes wind. Extremely cold wind. This extremely cold wind will hurt your eyes. Wear clear some kind of eye protection. Please.
- HAT. Cover your ears AND the top of your head at the very least. You loose a lot of heat through the top of your head.
- Dermatone. This stuff has saved my face many times. From their website: “Dermatone tins offer superior frostbite, windburn and sun protection.” Get some. I promise you’ll thank me.
- Music. Bah. Okay, not necessary. But with horrid weather, it basically is!
- Gloves/Mittens. I’m a mitten person. I also like the cross-over lobster gloves. Keep your fingers warm. You’ll need them…
- Buff. Buffs are great. They protect your neck, but they’re also super versatile. You can make it into a headband, a skull cap, or a hundred other handy things.
- GPS. Knowing how far you’ve gone is really important. Keep track of where you are. Getting lost at 15 below is incredibly dangerous.
- Bra. Okay, gentlemen. You can skip this step, but laides? Lock it down!
- Undershirt. Think of this like a sheet. You’ll have another layer above this, but this layer is to trap air between your body and that layer. More layers = more better. You definitely want something wool or synthetic. I recommend synthetic, as I think it’s nicer to the touch.
- Sleeves. Go wool or synthetic. I recommend wool, as it traps heat a little better.
- Windproof Top. For me, this is a vest. For many, many others this is a second long sleeve layer. Your core will get cold, trust me. A windproof layer will save you from windburned skin. This is exceptionally important if you have a larger mid-section. Fat gets much colder than muscle in my experience. Just because you have tummy fat, does not mean you’ll be warm.
- Insoles. Keep your feet happy. Regardless of the weather. I recommend SuperFeet.
- SOCKS. This is important. DO NOT wear cotton. Did you hear me? NO COTTON. Okay? Okay. Thicker is only better if your foot still fits in your shoe. Try your socks on with your shoes BEFORE you go out to run in them.
- Shoes. If you go barefoot running in the winter I’m going to personally beat you up. SRSLY.
- Baselayer Bottom. You’ll want something stretchy and synthetic or wool. Mine are synthetic, because I prefer that against my skin. These should be breathable. You don’t want a windproof layer directly against your skin. You need this layer (again) to trap the heat between your body and the windproof layer.
- Windproof Pants. Mine are wind “resistant”, but you get the idea. If you hold these up to your mouth and breathe into them with your hand on the other side of the fabric, the air movement should be minimal.
Now get out there and enjoy that beautiful frozen tundra!
Goals, March 2014
It’s March, the best month ever because it includes:
- An anniversary; one entire trip around the sun together.
- A TRIP TO MOTHEREFFING FLORIDA, OMG.
- My birthday. Twenty three seems old.
And in March, I’d like to:
- Run 48 miles. I’ve got a 5k in April, and I’d like to get across the finish line in under 30:00.
- Go to Florida. This should be easy! Flight and hotel are booked, car is rented… all we have to do is show up (and hope that the weather cooperates and allows us to get out of this snow-ridden city).
- Get tan(ner). SUNSHINE. VITAMIN D. OMG. I CAN’T WAIT. Flip flops, sunglasses… I’m salivating just thinking about it.
- Eat well. Snack on apples, eat leftovers for lunch, cook healthy meals at home. We’ve been good at this, it’s just a matter of keeping up.
2.75 prescribed miles at 12:17.
WE’RE GOING TO FLORIDA IN TWO WEEKS.
Good bye, ice. I will not miss you.
Instead of being lame and not posting anything on my rest day, today I’m going to share my last few days of AWESOME.
1) Yesterday Garmin Forerunner10 in purple arrived. It’s BEAUTIFUL and so intuitive! I seriously can’t get over how easy to operate this watch is. OR THE FACT THAT IT’S THE BEST COLOR ON THE PLANET.
2) We met with this guy out in Rogers and traded my too-tall bike in for a beautiful overhauled Peugeot! It’s a beautiful white women’s frame with all recently cleaned, greased, and checked out parts. It will look so handsome with purple handlebar tape, don’t you think? Now, if only the weather could cooperate.
3) Yesterday we stopped at REI to get me a climbing harness. I’m now the proud owner of the a Corax! It’s a comfy leisure harness. Unfortunately it only comes in blue. ;)
Cam also hand made me a chalk bag. It’s zebra striped with PINK LACE (from my favorite pair of underwear that my grandparents’ dog ruined) and purple fleece on the inside!
Also pictured are the approach shoes we bought a few months ago. My feet aren’t ready for climbing shoes yet, but these guys have a little more structure (to protect my post-surgery toe). AND THEY’RE PURPLE.
We got ourselves year-long memberships, and are planning to hit the walls 2-3 times a week! :)
Two sweaty, stinky, I hate this weather miles.
Does Key West sound wonderful to anyone else right now?