Tuesday, December 28, 2010

12/28/10 30 min run

It's amazing how much easier it is to get out of bed when I'm going running outside...compared to when I'm headed to the gym to run inside. My alarm went off, I turned it off, and got up. No snooze, no whining, no "accidentally" falling back asleep.

I put the dogs out, put on some gear, and headed out the door.

Again, I had no idea what the temperature was outside (I really need to start checking the weather before I run....I haven't started after 9 months of running outside, so I'm guessing I'll never learn) I overdressed for the occasion.

(It was around 15 degrees - per Weather Underground's history function.)

Long sleeve light weight wicking tshit.
Fleece vest (new - thanks Inny!!!!!).
Saucony running jacket.
Light weight running tights.
Light weight Under Armor gloves (the camo ones I wear hunting - hehehehe)
Wool running socks.
Screw shoes.
SpiBelt with cell phone.
And a balaclava for my head and face.

I could have left the last item at home, but I wanted to try running with it on, to see how it went.

(yours truly this morning.....without my shoes - can't wear those puppies inside...will scratch the heck out of our floors)

My schedule only called for a 30 minute run...but I wanted to make it count.

I ran in neighborhoods, along busy roadways, on sidewalks, on streets, on ice, on snow, on dry pavement, up hills and down hills (a couple of them were pretty substantial). I wanted my run to be a mix of everything.

I wanted to see how it was breathing through the balaclavas.
I wanted to see how the screw shoes performed (yep, I"m calling this test run #2 - give me a break, I'm a Capricorn, we're nothing if not thorough!)
I wanted to get my heart rate up.

I love the balaclavas and had no issues breathing hard when I had it on.
The screw shoes did GREAT (again)!!
My heart rate was DEFINITELY elevated.

I've been afraid I'd let my fitness level drop in the last month....and today was proof. I've got to get back at!!!!


Detroit Runner said...

I can't breath through mine well(balaclava) so I put it just above my chin. I only take it out when it hits less than 20 degrees.

Nej said...

@ Detroit - if it had been any warmer (15 or so today), I would have been dying...but I really wanted to try it out. It's got a mesh part that fits perfectly right over my nose and mouth. The mesh is tight (taut), not I wasn't sucking it into my mouth with each breath (an issue I've had with bandanas, etc). It's going to be great on those really cold days!!

Faby said...

Awesome run! I need this rain to stop here in Cali so I can go outside! :)

Nej said...

@ Faby - all of our rain this spring happened either during the day, or at night...nothing in the am. I only got to run in it once, and it was really only misting, not a full on rain.

I hope to get some early morning rainy runs in this spring.

I'm crazy, I know. (giggle)

Sabrina said...

WOW!! I live in Florida and I didn't want to walk, let alone run in our 40ish degree weather today! Kudos to all your COLD weather runners!

Fran said...

Now that you can run outside again I'm sure your fitness level is back to what it was in no time.

Nej said...

@ Sabrina - 40...that sounds like a tropical heat wave!!! (giggle)

@ Fran - I think so too! Amazing how addicted I am to this running thing. :-)