Tuesday, January 18, 2011
I've been talking to people who are running out in this & keep hearing its more enjoyable then you think - so I've given it a try this past Saturday... & I really did enjoy it!
Last night, I hit the road again & this time, it wasnt only cold, but it also rained on me... know what? It didnt really bother me. My cheeks were numb, but now I know what I need to wear if rain is a possibility.
But here is what running outside looks like for me... & things I'm learning:
*Sit in a warm house & think, "am I really going to go out in that cold?"... & have a inner struggle for a good 30 minutes
*Put on less clothes then what I wear in my home. Seriously - I wear a tank top, a long sleeve shirt & a fleece cover on my upper body while running. On a cold night, in the house, I wear an additional sweat shirt & of course, a Snuggie....
*Pull out an old MP3 player because with gloves on, the iPod TOUCH gets no TOUCH action....
*Since I then dont have my playlist from the iPod, I find the biggest "hip hop" radio station to get a good beat
*Pull out the earphones when they mention the temperature on the radio... that only makes it feel colder when you hear its in the 30's
*Be thankful that I'm a knitter & have my choice of wool hats... only to put them on, covering my whole head to hear Ricky say, "You look like a boy"...(note to self - knit some felted flowers to put on my running wool hats)
*Walk outside & again have inner struggle about running in such cold temps
*Get to moving....Things warm up quick...surprisingly
*your breath starts to become visible when you're huffing & puffing in the cold
*you feel like you're a steam engine with all the huffing & puffing smoke from your mouth
*your nose will start running... but with gloves, its hard to grab kleenex... but keep it near anyways & at least try to do a dabbing motion.
*Realize you're sweating... in freezing temperatures. That defies all sense of logic...
*Finish the run & walk back into your home... that now feels like HELL HAS DESCENDED UPON!!!! Its amazing how hot the house will feel....
*you'll then get chills in about 10 minutes when you realize you have sweat all over your body under the layers of clothes
*Just peel them off & head right into the hot shower
*Take one last check of your running face in the mirror & see that your mascara has ran from the watery eyes, your cheeks are as bright red as Rudolph's nose & though you tried to dab at your nose with Kleenex, you'll still have some frozen snot around your nose... its true...
*Wash the clothes, charge up the mp3 player & get prepared to do it all again the next day....
See? Doesnt all this sound like fun?
I have made up my mind that I actually do enjoy running in this cold WAY better then the humidity of summer... who knew?