Today is going to be a long day. I have meetings that go until 730pm, so I KNEW that I wouldn't run after...but I hate running in the mornings. Fortunately, my first meeting today wasn't until 11, and it was a conf call. I planned to sleep in a bit (until 7ish), help get the kids ready and off to school, and then do my 3 mile run and head to work. It quite honestly worked brilliantly...BUT IT WAS 9 DEGREES AT 8AM!!! That's just gross. I don't live in WI anymore for a reason....and that reason is cold. Okay, maybe it was because I got a job offer down here 6 years ago that was too good to pass up, but still....escaping weather so cold it could kill you was an extra added benefit.
I hadn't done all the wash from the weekend, so my long johns were still dirty. If ever there was a day I needed them, it was today. Alas, I had to get creative with the clothes. I found a pair of tight and long yoga pants and wore those under another pair of looser yoga pants. I imagine I looked hilarious, but I did stay warm - except in that little place between where my socks end and the pants start. It's only like a half inch, but still...
I wore a long sleeve running shirt over a long sleeve thick turtle-neck type running shirt. And a jacket. And a hat. And two pairs of gloves. It was biting cold at first, but I did warm up and felt suitably dressed.
My Garmin was not seated well on the base apparently, so the battery was dead. I had a moment of panic and actually contemplated NOT running, but figured that was a wee wussy, and all I needed was a way to find a 3 mi loop around my house somewhere. After some googling, I found mapmyrun.com, and was able to lay out a good loop. So armed with a regular timex watch (oh the humanity), my ipod, and looking like an overdressed Frosty the Snowman, I left for my run at 830am. Quite honestly, it felt good. The first 1.5 miles I felt really really strong. No walk breaks. The loop back was windy, but I still felt better than I anticipated. I'm not saying I'm a morning runner, but it didn't suck as badly as I thought it would.
I made the trek in 36:30, which according to my Garmin software (yes, I can plug in a manual workout!) was a 12.01 min mile average. I'm happy with that....for now.
Breakfast was some hot tea and a rice cake with sunflower butter. Now that I wrote that down, it does seem very diet-ish, but it's just the way I eat. I miss smoothies, but it would be mental to actually have anything frozen in weather like this. I wonder how places like Cold Stone and Friendly's stay in business in the winter. You have to be an idot to go out for icecream.
As a quick other update, yesterday in my Rest/Crosstrain day, I did go to a hot yoga class at 430. It was hard, but a great class. I'm sore today, but my hamstrings feel great! I think it was all the down dog....
Anyway, fun is over and now it's time to go to work.