Yesterday I went out to run and seriously underestimated the effect of the cold weather. I wore my usual long pants and long sleeve shirt. And it was not enough! Wrigley and I gave up on the running after only a few minutes, did a quick stroll around the block and headed back inside where the hot coffee was waiting. (I know, if we had kept running we would have warmed up quickly, but it was so cold, I just wanted to cry.) This morning. I did a much better job at preparing…..which translates to layer upon layer upon layer. After four layers of tops, three layers of bottoms, nice socks, gloves and a toboggan I was ready to brave the elements. My friend said I probably looked like the Michelin Man
And we did much better. After about 3/4 of a mile I was ready to lose the gloves, and before we were finished, the toboggan had to go too. I felt much better about things.
I read up on some tips about running in the cold, and I thought I’d share a few……most are common sense, but in this supposed to be warm climate, I usually don’t think of them.
- layers – a wicking layer close to the skin, a windbreaking layer farthest out and, if needed a warm insulating layer in between is best
- keep your head covered – most body heat is lost out the top of your body, so keeping a hat on keeps that heat in longer, and if it covers the ears…even better
- make sure you stay hydrated – it might seem like drinking water is the last thing you want to do, but it is very important to keep from getting dehydrated
- mittens are better than gloves – let your fingers share the warmth with each other
- it will hopefully never get this cold in Wilmington, but if you are in a colder climate, make sure you are close to warm shelter at all times during your run; a long 10 mile run away from civilization might sound nice, but could be very dangerous
With that last one in mind, never ever leave on a run without some form of identification. A Road ID or just a dog tag with identifying and contact information on it can be a lifesaver.
Here is my schedule for the week, as the marathon in March is fast approching.
Monday – 4 miles
Tuesday – rest
Wednesday – 4 miles
Thursday – crosstrain ~ 30 min (might pull out the bike)
Friday – 4 miles
Saturday – crosstrain ~ 30 min
Sunday – 6 miles
I made it out in the cold today for a short 2 mile run. I was able to practice some speed work, getting my heart rate up and even sweating some. The other day, during Wilmington’s welcoming of Tropical Storm Ida, I stayed bundled up in the house. I just couldn’t bring myself to run in the downpour.
I’ve enjoyed reading everyone’s race reports following the Beach2Battleship. It seems like you all had a great time, even if you were participating in a iron distance triathlon. It just adds to my excitement to participate myself in 2 years.
Hope you enjoy my new podcast. Thanks to Gayle, it is now available on iTunes. Head over and subscribe so you won’t miss an episode. In this episode I talk about the Beach2Battleship triathlon, my marathon plans, and a new calf stretch I discovered after Thursday’s run with achilles pain.
Have a great day!
Welcome! This blog is going to be my path from the overweight couch potato that I am now, to a lean, mean, triathlon machine. I have set a goal to finish the Beach2Battleship Iron Distance Triathlon that is heald here in Wilmington, NC in November of 2011. That is the year that I will turn 40. I hope to compete in some shorter races along the way. My immediate goals are to figure out a training plan and up my running speed. As soon as I get a training plan worked out, I will post it here for all to see. That way it will be harder to slack off.
I have completed a sprint triathlon and almost finished a half ironman (I had 3 miles left to run and ran out of time). I also run 2 miles every morning with Wrigley, our dalmatian. He is training as well, for Agility trials, so I’m sure he will keep running with me. Go check out his blog at www.agilityspot.com
I am looking forward to the training and hard work that this goal will require. Thanks for joining me.