I woke up to run outside today and it just wasn’t possible. Last night just walking home from dinner I thought my limbs were going to freeze off. I had to run at the gym which I dislike because I never really feel like I get a good solid run in on the treadmill.
This sounds melodramatic I understand but I don’t remember the last time I was this cold. Maybe when I lived in Chicago but I had a car. My face hurts when I walk outside which is never a fun sensation.
Running in the cold for me is actually enjoyable. I got a hat and scarf set from the Nike Store that are just amazing. I got my mom the same gloves even though she lives in Arizona. I don’t remember ever wearing gloves in Arizona…ever..but they are too cute n0t to find a reason to wear them. My lovely mother (who you can see in the banner) is the person who told the people at the PF Changs 1/2 Marathon she would essentially give them my first born for heaters and a VIP warm up tent before the race next year. This is what happens when you live in the “Valley of the Sun” most of the year…you forget that 40 is not dealthy cold but we in the East Coast call, “a warm sunny day.’
I have a problem though. When I finish runs and/or NYRR races in Central Park I do NOT have the energy to run home. I end up shuffling home freezing to death which I don’t think is the best call health and or muscle wise.
My last long run (1o miles) before my half marathon in Janurary I ran all the way to battery park. My Map My Run application on my iPhone said I had run 7.7 miles which was AMAZING. I was super excited that I didn’t realize pulling out my “magic beans” (which I will talk about in another post) that my Metrocard had fallen out of my pocket.
So it was 4:45, almost getting dark and very cold and when I finished my 10 miles in the West Village I realized I had NO WAY to get home. So I walked the rest of the way home…about 6 miles…FREEZING to death. This was most likely the reason that my foot hurt terribly during my first 1/2 Marathon.
So case in point…I should attempt to make sure that my runs begin and end at my apartment and that when it is cold outside that I bring a coat to my NYRR races and leave it at bag check.
I like running the cold but not the tundra…I’m mildly worried that my warm weather races will really take it out of me but sadly I have a couple more months of running before that comes up.
Also, it makes me very happy that my mother is reading my little blog. She is my running buddy from my 1/2 in Arizona and my biggest cheerleader in life. I’m very happy to say that she has already said she would come cheer me on in Chicago…most likely in a fur coat.
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