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.
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.
17 degree temp
northwest wind at 13 mph
20 degree temp
southwest wind at 3 mph
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…