I’m no stranger to the cold. I went to school and lived in Cleveland for a combined total of 7 years. I know cold. I also am no stranger to training in the cold.
Today was chilly. I had to remind myself how to dress properly for the weather. The other week I actually wore too much and got hot really fast. This afternoon I remember that my ears and hands might be cold to start, but within a mile that sensation goes away. [I wore capris and a three-quarter shirt today. The start temp of my run was in the forties.]
I ran 5.62 miles in 1 hour 2 minutes for a pace of 11:11 before meeting up with the boys for the remainder of my scheduled 9.
Xander had a good time in the stroller and stayed awake for less than a mile and then snoozed the rest of the way. John and I had a nice time chatting and he supported/encouraged when necessary.
We ran the last 3.4 needed miles in 37 minutes for a pace of 10:51. I was so stoked to have run the last portion of the run at a pace a whole 20 seconds faster than the first 5.62 miles. I owe it all to John… seriously. He’s an amazing support system.
During the last bit of the run, I was reminded of how your joints feel while running in the cold. My hips were getting stiff and I definitely was proud of every step I took. We went for a slow cool down walk, making our way 1.1 miles back home. That hot shower never felt so nice!
I should point out that doing the bulk of my run by myself and having the boys join me for the last portion was a great system for keeping Xander happy. [No screaming or crying baby at home = wahoo!] I stuck around the house until he was done with his first major nursing/nap session and quickly got ready when he woke up. John played with him and got both of themselves ready during that hour and then we were back together! It worked out perfectly and I foresee us doing this many long runs in the future.
I’ve been enjoying having John home all day due to Columbus day – he’s my favorite! Thanks for making me run faster babe!
Did you run today? Do you like running in the cold or heat better?