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Running Cold: Week of 12/15

jesvetmed2010-05-01 16:32:01 +0000 #1
I decided we were due for a new week's thread!

Got in my 9 miles in the ice yesterday. The first 2 miles were against a bitter wind on my way out on the trail. The next 2 much better coming back on the trail -- and I had finally begun to warm up by then. Dropped the doggy off at home (she's too lame if I taker her longer)... then did another 5 miles on mostly the road.

Miles 2 to 8 felt good. The last one was cold and hard! My legs were tired and numb, but I did it!

I have to say -- the trail was much safer than the roads -- large patches of ice and hard snow to twist ankles on! I'd rather dodge the downed tree branches here and there! But this run felt better than the 8 I did last week, so that is quite promising!

Anyone else braving the cold to get in a run?

Just a doggy stroll for me today -- it's a rest day!

Urlea2010-05-01 16:43:19 +0000 #2
Good for you Jes!!

Sounds like a good run overall. I bet the ice made everything sparkly and beautiful.

It's currently -13 here with a wind chill advisory of -30ish. Don't think I'll be venturing out. If my warm tech gear wasn't still drying from being washed earlier today I might have considered just trying to do a mile for insanities sake.

Now I'm trying hard to talk myself into running on the dreadmill, but it isn't the least bit appealing at this point.

I'm considering switching my run days to Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Not sure about that yet.

I'll be lazy for a few more hours and then decide.
tofu2010-05-01 16:46:52 +0000 #3
I've been so fiercely lethargic...I may shoot for a 3 mile walk/jog after work...we'll see...
yellow2010-05-01 17:48:31 +0000 #4
Winter is my favorite time for running. Of course it's not as cold as Urlea's home, but cold-er nonetheless, which I love. I think it was about 25F on this evening's run...PERFECT. The trails are covered with snow now...bliss.

My mileage is way down but I'm hoping to get back into the out of it a little due to some hip and back crankiness, but running actually makes it all feel better, so I have a lot of incentive to keep at it.
Grog2010-05-01 18:20:17 +0000 #5
Can't cycle to work right now so I think I will run to work, probably on Wednesday. However the sidewalks are really icy. Might get some yaktraks.

Otherwise I'll go on the treadmill with my MP3 player. Somehow the prospect of listening to music as I run (something I never do on the road or trail) makes the treadmill appealing. Weird.
colby2010-05-01 18:20:46 +0000 #6
We've had a massive wind chill for the last few days, gusts up to 35+mph with temperatures around 0-10 degrees. I will pass.

Tomorrow the wind is supposed to die down, though temps will still be 0-10. I'm hoping to venture out for a dog jog in the morning before work, but we'll see. I'll probably go to the gym after work if the dog jog doesn't work out - either hop on the treadmill or a bike (or both - do my 30 minutes of running then another 30 on the bike).

I did do 90 or so minutes on the elliptical at the gym yesterday - wanted something different. It actually made my hip/glutes feel better to get them stretched and active.

I really feel like I need acupuncture - I have that feeling that one side of me is "heavy". I finally figured out where my acupuncturist went, maybe I'll hook back up with her. Not really interested in spinning the wheel of acupuncturists
kacie tri-ing2010-05-01 17:46:16 +0000 #7

I ran a long 20 on trails again on Sunday. No snow here in atlanta, but it was chilly on Sunday! My legs were tired, but less tired than the two 20 mile jaunts before this one! One more 20 miler, then I begin to taper (well, the next week is 16...not much of a taper at first!) for the marathon!

I went to see my sports massage therapist for this first time in 7 weeks, and my muscles screamed the whole way through it. Seriously, it was not a pleasant experience. Today, is a whole different story. I do feel like I have new legs, even if I had to go through some pain to get them

So this is my last big building week. I have 6 tonight! Happy running!
Urlea2010-05-01 19:03:54 +0000 #8
Decided to try the tues-thurs-saturday routine for the next few weeks & see how I like it.

Great 5miler today in -5 degrees & 14mph winds. Couldn't feel either. I'm sure the five layers on top,two layers on the bottom & gloves under mittens account for a lot of that.

I've concluded that you can run in almost anything given the right technical gear. Oh & the powder skirt on snowboarding jackets works great at keeping the cold air from hitting your stomach. Also, the ipod doesn't freeze when you put it in your sports bra.

Found a cell phone in a drift along the path. Brought it home, thawed it out and got it back to it's rightful owner.

Kacie- Again jealous of your 20miler. It felt like trail running today with hopping over and through all the snow drifts, but not quite. When is this race you are tapering for?



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