I Ran In The Morning!….Sort Of….

Today is going to be a long day.  I have meetings that go until 730pm, so I KNEW that I wouldn’t run after…but I hate running in the mornings.  Fortunately, my first meeting today wasn’t until 11, and it was a conf call.  I planned to sleep in a bit (until 7ish), help get the kids ready and off to school, and then do my 3 mile run and head to work.  It quite honestly worked brilliantly…BUT IT WAS 9 DEGREES AT 8AM!!!  That’s just gross.  I don’t live in WI anymore for a reason….and that reason is cold.  Okay, maybe it was because I got a job offer down here 6 years ago that was too good to pass up, but still….escaping weather so cold it could kill you was an extra added benefit.

I hadn’t done all the wash from the weekend, so my long johns were still dirty.  If ever there was a day I needed them, it was today.  Alas, I had to get creative with the clothes.  I found a pair of tight and long yoga pants and wore those under another pair of looser yoga pants.  I imagine I looked hilarious, but I did stay warm – except in that little place between where my socks end and the pants start.  It’s only like a half inch, but still…
I wore a long sleeve running shirt over a long sleeve thick turtle-neck type running shirt.  And a jacket.  And a hat.  And two pairs of gloves.  It was biting cold at first, but I did warm up and felt suitably dressed.

My Garmin was not seated well on the base apparently, so the battery was dead.  I had a moment of panic and actually contemplated NOT running, but figured that was a wee wussy, and all I needed was a way to find a 3 mi loop around my house somewhere.  After some googling, I found mapmyrun.com, and was able to lay out a good loop.  So armed with a regular timex watch (oh the humanity), my ipod, and looking like an overdressed Frosty the Snowman, I left for my run at 830am.  Quite honestly, it felt good.  The first 1.5 miles I felt really really strong.  No walk breaks.  The loop back was windy, but I still felt better than I anticipated.  I’m not saying I’m a morning runner, but it didn’t suck as badly as I thought it would.

I made the trek in 36:30, which according to my Garmin software (yes, I can plug in a manual workout!) was a 12.01 min mile average.  I’m happy with that….for now.

Breakfast was some hot tea and a rice cake with sunflower butter.  Now that I wrote that down, it does seem very diet-ish, but it’s just the way I eat.  I miss smoothies, but it would be mental to actually have anything frozen in weather like this.  I wonder how places like Cold Stone and Friendly’s stay in business in the winter.  You have to be an idot to go out for icecream.

As a quick other update, yesterday in my Rest/Crosstrain day, I did go to a hot yoga class at 430. It was hard, but a great class. I’m sore today, but my hamstrings feel great!  I think it was all the down dog….

Anyway, fun is over and now it’s time to go to work. 

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I am a 45 yo busy career single mom and doctoral student attempting to find her inner athlete, be a gluten-free(ish) vegan, and find a way to balance it all without going crazy! I love to cook, read, run, box, do yoga, dance, travel, and learn as many new things as I can - which often gets me in trouble.... I am passionate about life in general, and if I didn't write about it, I'd probably implode.

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