Last week was COLD. Our temperatures started to plummet on Wednesday into single digit temps. Then the wind came and the "feels like negative" temperatures arrived. I had zero choice but to make it work (still no home treadmill, still no gym membership here) and it was one of the most fun weeks of running that I have had in a while.
Previously I considered anything below the teens in temperature to be a call to move it indoors. Last week I wanted to challenge myself to see I could still continue outdoors. Partly this was because I follow a ton of runners on Instagram and seeing other people make it work was motivational. Mostly this was because if I didn't continue, my mileage would tank.
You likely have read that the key to running in extreme cold is layers. This is true. I have experimented with various combos and have found that for me, the following is clutch:
Fleece lined tights - these Athleta ones are my favorite
Knee-high compression socks
Short sleeved shirt (top layer 1)
Long sleeved shirt (top layer 2)
Wind resistant pullover (top layer 3) - love the Sugoi Firewall line
Winter running jacket (top layer 4)
Running gloves (layer 1)
Sweater mittens (layer 2)
Winter Hat - cast those "running hats" aside. The warmest hat I have is a Green Bay Packers fleece lined pom pom hat. Likely designed for fans watching football at the frozen tundra.
Sunglasses - great wind blockers!
Aquaphor all over exposed skin on the face
Running in extreme cold is definitely a mind over matter situation. Last Tuesday it was so windy and there were moments where I could not imagine being any colder. To combat this, I intentionally ran neighborhood loops so that I was not going in one direction for too long. Just when I could not take the wind in my face, it was time to change direction for a reprieve.
The nice thing about extreme cold last week is that the ground was clear. The warm week + no precipitation we had at the end of December made all of the sidewalks and roads much clearer.
My goal last week was to get at least 4 running days in, including a long run of one hour on the weekend. I ran 6 days. Woohoo!
Monday January 2: 2.12 miles, 16:33 (7:49 avg pace)
This was a rough run for me. I felt tired and blech. I ran at night after spending the entire day cleaning out our house to accommodate a large remodeling project we are starting. I should not have saved my run for night!
Tuesday January 3: 4.59 miles, 34:25 (7:30 avg pace)
Wednesday, January 4: 5.01 miles, 37:50 (7:33 avg pace)
Wednesday I have aftercare services so I don't have to worry about being home at a certain time for kids.
Thursday, January 5: 3.34 miles, 24:24 (7:18 avg pace)
Tuesday and Thursday were runs done after work before my daughter gets off the bus. You can see the wide variability of when the bus drop off occurs. A good illustration of why when I have actual mileage goals for these days, this is NOT a good time to plan on running!
Friday, January 6: Off
Saturday, January 7: 9.01 miles, 1:03:40 (7:04 avg pace)
It was still super cold on Saturday but the sun was shining which gave the appearance that it was a nice day. This was my second run in my Saucony ISO and I really like these shoes. This was a great run.
Mile 1: 7:14
Mile 2: 7:14
Mile 3: 7:19
Mile 4: 7:13
Mile 5: 7:10
Mile 6: 6:46
Mile 7: 6:52
Mile 8: 6:55
Mile 9: 6:55
Still rocking those negative splits!
Sunday, January 8: 4.5 miles, 34:08 (7:35 avg pace)
Traditionally, I have always taken the day after a long run off. I will be attempting the Hanson's Marathon Method for my spring marathon, which has you running the day after long runs. This will be a big change for me so I wanted to try it to get a sense of what it would feel like. Although my legs were tired, I felt much better than I was expecting to. However, today (Monday) I am WIPED out. I need to start being more disciplined about when I go to bed, particularly because my son still wakes up at least once a night most nights. #allIwantforChristmasisonenightofuninterruptedsleep #shitChristmasisover
Total Weekly Mileage: 28.57
The week ahead is my final week before my marathon training plan starts!