“It was 22 below zero today when I went out for my run. The only thing showing through technical, thermal, space aged fabric was my eyeballs and they were frozen solid. My lungs froze on the first inhale which kept them propped open. Thank God for that! As long as I kept moving air kept getting in there. I ran 10 miles and you know what? I warmed up! By the time I got home I was only wearing 3 layers and I was carrying 12 pounds of outer garments. It was so beautiful out there! The ice crystals reflecting the sun as it peeked through the clouds once or twice was awesome!”
I finally ran today – at about noon when it finally warmed up. It’s the first time I’ve gone running since December 19. When I started out I thought, “what was I waiting for – this isn’t so bad” And by the time I got to mile 2 my legs felt like they weighed 1,000 pounds each. Pitiful – and I deserved every miserable second of it for being such a wimp.
Every day I promised myself I would run. I’d hop out of bed and think “I’ll go to the 6:45 masters workout and then I’ll come home and put on my running tights and technical t + sweatshirt + sushi hat and hit the road! And then I would get home and start reading email and blogs and cleaning this and that and oops – too late to go running! Tomorrow! I’ll ride the trainer for 45 minutes and then I’ll run 30 minutes. After the trainer session I was soaked in sweat and it was cold out – no more than 40 degrees and I simply CANNOT run when it’s that cold out. I also don’t like running in the dark.
Today I got my 30 day free use of 24 Hour Fitness as part of a class action lawsuit settlment (Lawyers $5M each, plaintiffs 30 days of gym time with chronic sales pitches. What a great country!). So now I have no excuse – I can go to 24 Hr fitness and run on the dreadmill until the days get longer and warmer.
Oh wait…..Come to think of it 40 isn’t so cold, is it?