At 260 pounds, I used to LOVE winter! I would get so ridiculously hot during any other season that winter was like a breath of fresh air to me every year. It has always been my most favorite season … until now. At almost 120 pounds lighter it is a completely different story. Anything below 70 degrees feels cool to me, and anything under 60 is COLD!
Today I decided I just couldn’t stand the treadmill for another long run, and come hell or high water I was going to do my long run outside. It was 34 degrees outside with a windchill of 28 degrees! Nevertheless, I bundled up in 2 pairs of pants, 2 shirts, a hat and a jacket and headed out to tackle my 8-miler.
I talked Tim into coming with me, but he wasn’t very happy about it.
Today’s run was not good. I was able to complete it, but I felt heavy from all of the clothes I was wearing, my throat hurt and I was cold and hot at the same time. The only thing that got me through was imagining that I was running the Half Marathon right at that very moment. I kept envisioning myself crossing that finish line!
But this is how I really felt:
My splits were:
Mile 1 – 8:42 (Felt heavy and weird in my jacket)
Mile 2 – 8:47 (Shed the jacket)
Mile 3 – 8:56
Mile 4 – 9:05
Mile 5 – 9:17 (Took a Gu)
Mile 6 – 9:13 (Realized I was running way slow and tried to speed up)
Mile 7 – 8:53
Mile 8 – 8:50
I’m definitely glad I completed my weekly long run, but sometimes its better to listen to your body than your mind. When you are on the verge of being sick, the week before the biggest race of your life, and its freezing outside is probably not the best time to run 8 miles outdoors. Lesson learned.
Today’s eats included:
1 Chocolate Chip & Spinach pancake and 1 Brown Sugar, Cinnamon & Spinach pancake for breakfast.
An Amazing Grass Green Superfood to try to boost my immune system.
Half a Mediterranean Wrap from Jason’s Deli.
With a bowl of Southwest Veggie Soup:
2 Mini muffins (lemon and blueberry) and an apple after my run.
And finally a bowl of Homemade Lentil Soup with Artisan Bread for dinner. (Recipe to come)