A New Year

 

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me after a winter run

over fives batches of holiday cookies baked this season, and a few of them ended up in my belly.

ok, so a lot of them ended up in my belly.

and you know what? zero regrets.

the freezing temps, snow and ice had reduced my running to a treadmill, alternating it with cross training on a Bowflex (that showed up at our house one late afternoon). and my weight had slightly bumped up since my marathon.

i know, shocker. even with working out 6 to 7 days a week. maybe it was those cookies i inhaled on a daily basis.

whatever it was, clothes don’t lie folks.

but i am back on track. and the slightly warmer temps has allowed me to run outside. woo-hoo!

and there is some truth to those articles that tell us the more you exercise, the less you eat.

 

Christmas Day 10K

 

starting january 29th i will be training for a half marathon in april, the Owens Corning Half Marathon. and i have winter gear and clothes to survive the cold. this is my fourth winter running season.

to brave the cold i check the temperature and wind speed before i head out. how i dress is based on the temperature plus 20 degrees. it works for me.

my winter gear:

  • a jacket with thumbholes and a hood – i do not own an insulated running jacket, because i get hot.
  • running pants – i do not own thermal pants yet.
  • thin smartphone friendly running gloves
  • fleece headband – for my ears, eek.
  • Buff headwear – love, love these to tame my ‘do.  and i can convert the headband into a balaclava for those windy, cold Midwest winter runs.  my face hurts, when temps dip below the 20s.  (see below. 😛 )
  • socks – i love Feetures.
  • tissues – for the drippy nose.

 

note to self: consider hiring a model.

 

 

17 degree temp

northwest wind at 13 mph

brrr…

 

 

 

New Year’s Day 10K

 

20 degree temp

southwest wind at 3 mph

sunny

perfect running conditions

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

what do you wear?  and how are your winter runs?

how do you keep up the mileage?  some runners have told me they don’t run on a treadmill, but how do they train for a spring half or full marathon during the winter? wouldn’t there be a lot of training days skipped?  hmm…

– f

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