It was a frigid Valentine’s Day here in VA. One weather forecaster quipped, “If you don’t have a honey to keep you warm, better get some Gore-Tex.” Ha. I got my Gore-Tex out for my long run on Saturday, that’s for sure. It was 17 degrees with a 6 degree wind chill. Fortunately we were running at Manassas Battlefield, and in the shelter of the trees, the temps actually felt fine. When we came out from the cover to run up a short exposed hill, I felt like I was trying to climb Everest, with the wind pushing me sideways on the snow-covered trail. Here are my running partners before we embarked on our 9 mile journey. Not all of them were happy at being made to stand still so I could get the perfect shot….
Every Sunday we host a garage spin. Yesterday’s theme was, of course, LOVE, and I was hard pressed to find enough upbeat love songs (even though I was using a little poetic licence) for the 100 min spin. I used my list from last year but needed a few more tunes, so I had to add some slow songs. I put the music on random and devised a tempo workout that included “random hills” – when we heard one of the 5 slow tunes, we had to get into the hardest gear and climb! It kept things interesting, not knowing when a hill would appear!
My ROB (run off the bike) was on the loathesome dreadmill because it was TEN degrees. I can’t wait for Spring.
One thing that made me feel a little warmer this week was a cool gift from Bolle. I mentioned in a previous post that I’m racing on Maverick Multisport‘s triathlon team this year, and Bolle is one of the team’s sponsors. I have to admit, I thought Bolle only made ski goggles, as I have a pair of those which I LOVE, but I’ve found out they make some pretty cool shades as well as great ski and bike helmets. Here’s what they sent me:
OK, onto my 5 changes for 2016. One change I made this year was getting up early to run. I’m not a natural morning runner. Sure, I like the feeling of being done with my run early, and running at 7am works great for me on weekends, but 6am weekday runs, unless they’re in the middle of the summer, are not something I really look forward to. (I know that for those of you who run at 5 or – gasp – even earlier, I must sound like a complete slacker…) Still, with a new job that has set hours, and given that I’m even worse at evening running, I made a commitment to run early two mornings a week. Once I got started, and got a couple of running buddies to join me on a regular basis, I discovered it wasn’t all that bad. I have to get up around 5:15 to have some coffee and make sure I’m fully awake by 6, and the first mile feels a bit strange as my body is waking up, but then I get into a groove and before I know it we’ve run 6 miles and I’m ready to start my day. The only thing is I can’t do any fast paces at that hour, I’m just too sleepy, so I reserve that for an afternoon run. Thankfully I get off work by 4pm so there’s still some daylight.
I got this totally obnoxious Tracer360 glo-vest from Noxgear that pretty much says, “cars, move outta my way,” it’s so loud. There are several different colors and flashing rates, so you can look like a psychedelic Christmas tree all year round. I generally choose the multicolor option. This lame pic doesn’t do it justice but it’s all I’ve got:
As I finish typing this, we’ve been hit with a couple of inches of snow so it looks like I’ll be dragging the Yaktrax out again. They’re getting some good use this year.
Are you an early morning runner? Any tips for feeling less sleepy in the early hours? (Go to bed earlier, I know…)