Monday, November 1, 2010

Running to Run, Day 1 (4.62 mi)

Today was day 1 of my "running to run" plan.

The joy of running returned and I can't tell you how good it felt!!!!

I ran it slow, I ran it easy, I got spooked by the sounds of little woodland creatures scurrying through the fall leaves. C.R.E.E.P.Y.


It was also my first run using an official walk/run ratio method.

Well, besides the unofficial one I'd been using.

You know......the Nej's "run until I can't run, then walk until I feel guilty that I haven't started running again" method.


I'm not sure what the temperature was this morning, but the weather was actually just about perfect. I wore my long running pants, and a short sleeve tech shirt....with my lightweight, uber reflective, jacket. I wasn't freezing, but I also wasn't melting. Although, I WAS amazed by how sweat soaked my lightweight gloves were. I had no idea how much my hands sweated. Ick!

I'm guessing I'll need to run with some sort of mask or scarf once the weather gets really cold. The wheezing that comes when I run in the cold air is starting to show here and there. When it's really cold, it almost feels as though I'm wind-burning my lungs. Pretty sure that I'll be OK, as long as I pay attention and take measures when it gets colder.

Until May of next year, everything will continues to be new to me. Running outside, in general, was new.....then running in the summer heat....then running when it started getting darker in the am....and now running in the cold and snow. Everything is a new experience. It's kinda fun!!!!!


Anonymous said...

Running to run is an awesome plan.

I bought a neck gator last week and hopefully it will work well. The cold air hurts my face when I run! We'll see how it goes.

Heidi said...

Good for you.

My husband's hands sweat a ton too. I'm lucky to not sweat much at all.

Oh, and I also find running in cold weather hard on my lungs.

Nej said...

@ Lori - running to run, although my time is MUCH slower than it was when I was running with a purpose, is so nice!!!!

My face is ok in the cold - I LOVE cold weather....but my lungs aren't as coorperative. :-)

@ Heidi - I've never noticed I had sweaty hands...ever! I'm wondering if it isn't my sweaty arms (giggle), and my gloves are soaking it up.

Yes, I think that's what I'll say. :-)

I don't notice the cold on my lungs while I'm running....but after....the coughing and the wheezing...ugh!

Brian said...

Congrats on the fun run. It's exactly what you need right now. Just go out, enjoy the site and the sounds and stay in shape. For the little bit of running I do when it's really cold (generally only when I'm visiting my parents over the holidays since I live in Florida), I slip one of those wide headbands over my mouth and nose. It makes it hard to suck the air in, but it does warm/moisten the air quite a bit.

I'm sure if you live in a colder climate, you could easily find something better, like a balaclava.