Today’s run was a damn cold run!
I even did something that I haven’t done for a long time – I got out the face mask and wore my walking hat instead of earmuffs and ballcap to help stay warm.
I was really glad that I had done that! Officially it was 16ºF with 14 mph winds out of the WNW, which put the windchill down around 1ºF. Any way you look at it that is cold and the winds out there when I was running, were gusting over the 20 mph mark – so yes it was cold.
Does that mean that I was cold during the run – no not really. I dressed about as perfectly as I could for this run. I worked up a good sweat had to change my shirts as soon as I got home, so I wouldn’t get overly chilled.
I can’t say enough good things about my new Frank Shorter Running Jacket, that my wife got me for Christmas. It definitely worked great today in helping to keep me warm in bone-chilling conditions. It has quickly turned into my favorite running jacket.
Overall, it was a very comfortable run and as long as I stayed above a 8:30 pace, my hamstrings were fine, when I would try to pick up the pace a little, I could feel them a little – nothing serious, but enough to remind me to slow back down.
Running in this weather is tougher, just because of the amount of clothing that you have to wear to stay warmer. Another thing is when I wear my face mask, I can’t wear my glasses (they fog up), so that means my vision is not as clear and with the white ice conditions down-back, I definitely go slower.
However, today’s run was not about going fast it was more about doing the work and getting used to a slightly different running shoe – the Brooks PureFlow.
Garmin Stats Screenshot Gear
*Shoes: Brooks PureFlow at first right pinky toe felt a little cramped, but sorted itself out as I got into the run. I plan to run a slower – non tempo run on the treadmill tomorrow with them, just to see how they feel on the mill.
Socks: Swiftwick Pursuits – my feet didn’t get cold at all during the run!
*Top: White Brooks L/S, Blue Hind Zipper L/S Tech Shirt
*Bottom: Navy Blue New Balance lined wind pants, Nike Pro Compression shorts
*Outerwear: Frank Shorter Running Jacket, Columbia Mitten shell (a little cold – would have been nice to have a pair of liners too), Timberland Winter Hat.
What have I been eating?
Last Night’s Supper: Stuffing, Mashed Potato, Gravy, Peas, Homemade Cranberry sauce, Homemade Yeast rolls, Homemade Grape Juice (no it is not wine)
Breakfast: Black Coffee, 1/3 Cup Oatmeal, 1/3 Cup Blueberries, Flax Seeds, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 tsp ground ginger, medium banana, garlic clove, Mandarin Orange
Vitamins: Simply Right Mature Men MultiVitamin, Simply Right Glucosamine HCI 1500 mg, Swanson High potency Dry Vitamin D-3 – 1,000 iu, Swanson Turmeric 720 mg, Swanson Bee Propolis 550 mg
Lunch: Leftover Homemade Macaroni & Cheese, peas, Apple, Green Tea, 1/2 bottle of Ginger Kombucha
You notice that the Chromebook is only on the table at breakfast. Lunch and Dinner means that most of the time it is not on the table and gives me a break from being online (something new for this year in my efforts to control my social media and computer time)