Baby J, City creek canyon, Liberty Park, Running, Thinking Out Loud Thursday, winter running 6:00 AM
I know everyone says this, but I am not a fan of winter.
Like, I am paralyzed with fear every time I drive in the snow. I am miserable any time I walk outside and it is below 20 degrees. I would rather just stay indoors all day and never leave.
I'm perfectly fine in my warm, cozy apartment wearing my warm, cozy sweater and socks, thank you very much.This causes quite the dilemma when you factor running in. My motivation to leave the house when it is cold and snowy outside goes down to 0% on most days. Especially when that day is a Saturday, meaning Andrew is home from work and we can sleep in a bit and I can make breakfast for my family in the morning. Which is one of my favorite activities, by the way.
Luckily I am not training for anything right now, because I find it hard to believe I would actually be sticking to my training plan if I was! Although training plans and a $90 race fee do give me some extra motivation...
Fortunately, Utah has had some excellent weather these past few months to make up for the crummy weather. Which is why on those sunny, warm days with blue sky, you can find us running at the park, followed by a good swinging session.
On Tuesday morning we got out to the park for one of those blue sky running days. I got in a quick 3 mile run before Baby J got too cold and whiny. Obviously the swings were a must, along with figuring out the GoPro and the remote settings on my phone. Pretty cool stuff!
Progression runs always feel good.
On Saturday morning's run in the cold, the ground was icy and snowy, and I just never got in the groove. I wasn't feeling great as it was, and by 30 minutes into it I was miserable. I ended up walking a lot and just enjoyed the outdoor time by myself. I was wearing my new Brooks PureGrit trail running shoes, since I had planned on a trail run. But the trails were completely snowed/iced over (which I thought might be the case). Even the parts with just dirt were frozen solid!
After running 3 miles in the PureGrit shoes on the pavement I realized I had made a mistake. These shoes were made for trail running only. The grips on the bottom of the shoes caused some huge pain in my knees by the middle of my run. Whew, it hurt. And the cold to top it all off!
By the time I got home all I wanted was a hot shower and to hang out at home all day. My body was a wreck - I have never been so sore in ALL areas of my body, not even after running a full marathon! Being tense from the cold, wearing the wrong shoes, and trying to balance on the ice was a total workout. Completely different from anything I've ever done.
I think I'll stick to the treadmill for now.
Thanks again to Amanda for hosting the link up for Thursday's post!
>> Do you enjoy winter running?
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