Hello friends! I haven’t posted in awhile and I finally found some time to post. I’ve got a few updates to share!
I started running to work instead of taking the bus. It has finally warmed up enough that it is doable for us regular humans to run outside every day. I bought a small backpack that has clips around the chest and waist to prevent bouncing in transit. I’m also lucky enough to work somewhere with a shower so I don’t smell all day. It’s been great; I like feeling awake when I get to work. The distance to my work is about 12km, so it’s a good distance. Eventually I’d like to build up to running to and from work in a day.
Speaking of it getting warmer, I finally tested my gear in extreme cold weather before it did. It was at least -20 one morning and I was just too fed up with the gym to go so I geared up and went outside. Here’s what I wore:
I had three pairs of pants, three shirts, and super thick running gloves. I learned something I never realized before: if it’s cold enough, your breath with freeze to anything it touches-even eyelashes. Here’s the result of this lesson:
Surprisingly, I wasn’t cold at all. I guess I could have been doing some runs in the cold but I still wouldn’t want to do anything longer than 45 minutes in that weather. Too much risk involved. Also, I looked like I was bawling my eyes out when the ice melted.
I bought a pair of trail shoes because I am an impulsive shopper. I had seen them at a local store a few weeks ago and they were on sale for about $60. They are made by north face, which is kind of a funny brand for shoes, and they have a water proof gore-tex lining. I turned the shoes down because I thought they were still kind of expensive considering I didn’t need them. I went back a few weeks later and I found the last pair, in my size, for $47. SOLD. I went to pay and my boyfriend knew the cashier so I saved another 15%. Bonus. Anyways, I’m not sure if I plan to do any trail runs but I thought they would be good for more runs on the canal next winter and for running in the snow. The extra traction will help. I took them out for a spin:
Look! I didn’t even need a coat that day. I splashed through as many puddles as I could and my feet stayed dry!
My next update is that I went to Florida for a week and just got back on Monday. I ate a lot of things that I shouldn’t have and have a lot of drinks that were well deserved. It was nice to have a break from working. I had a layover in Philly so I ate this delicious concoction
I brought my running stuff with me on the trip and managed to get two short runs in. I decided against doing anything long while there because a) I’m on vacation and b) I’m not acclimatized at all to hot weather. I even tried running relatively early and still found it super hot and humid. I thought I was going to die. Here I am after one of my runs
The trip was a lot of fun but by the end of it, I was getting antsy to get home. Upon returning, it dawned on me that Around the Bay is in two weeks and I’m terrified. I didn’t get as much training in as I liked. I almost tried to run to and from work yesterday but talked myself out of it. It’s too late to make up for any missed training so I just need to stay loose for the next two weeks.
Yesterday was Saint Patrick ’s Day so I’ll leave you with this selfie I took after coming back from having green beers out with friends. I think the lopsided bun and facial expression really convey how I feel about racing in two weeks.
Also here is a pretty picture of the sun rising as we left Florida
I’ll probably post in more details my plans for the race next week. Until then, good day!