Wednesday, January 23, 2013
The First Act
Honestly, it's cold. But I'm hoping it's a snap. Last week I was lucky and ran a wonderful seven miler on Thursday, when the day was what I call "perfect winter." Cold, (not too cold) and still and sunny. My dad came with me on his bike, which was really fun. He is unstoppable. I think I averaged sub-nines, which felt great. Saturday was our fun family run to and from Northerly Island. I was glad I got that run in because I was a bit under the weather that night and Sunday turned into a forced rest day. Luckily, I recovered quickly and Monday I was ready to go. Monday was probably our coldest day yet - but I couldn't help treating it as a sort of dare. I wanted to run in it..just to see. So I did. I set out around 1pm in my warmest layers (my arctic look) and took on winter. I couldn't help but notice I was the only runner out there. Perhaps the real die hards had gone in the morning, when temps were even lower? I'll never know. But six miles later, with a semi-frozen face, I finished the run with a smile. Then I quickly whipped up some hot chocolate and warmed myself in our sunny living room. It can be done - as long as there isn't ice on the ground..and there isn't (yet).
Yesterday was another fantastic pilates class. I'm now a regular - once a week workouts with some of my favorite mama friends. Sometimes I don't know what I'd do without them. And the workout is fab!
Today I had VERY minimal time to squeeze in a morning run, so instead of wasting time bundling up, I did my run on the treadmill. It was a tempo-ish run of 3.5 miles and over before I knew it. I'm not about to take Baby out on a run in single digits, so this may be my best option on cold, busy days. I'm not complaining.
One of the best things about running is the flexibility - the number of miles, the pace of the miles, the time spent logging the miles, the intensity, who you run with, where you run, when you run - it can all be adjusted, and on a moment's notice. I'm watching my weather apps and tweaking my plans if I have to. If my mileage takes a hit during a cold snap, so be it. I can handle that too.