I had an AWESOME run last night. I did 5km and finished in 34:00 on the nose according to my Garmin. I wanted to maintain a 6:53 pace and came in under that. (I read my training schedule wrong and should have run this one slower, but that's okay.) It runs out that running in the cold makes me fast! Who knew?
I'm running mostly pain free which is a relief. I have my first "long" run on my training schedule for this weekend and I'm looking forward to increasing my distances. Hopefully my chiro won't say no when I tell her my plans!
Last night, I wore my tights, long sleeve shirt, jacket and hat. It was about 0oC and that's what Runner's World told me to wear for feeling "in between", and it worked. It suggested gloves too but 1) I don't know where my cheapo gloves went and don't own running gloves yet and 2) my hands actually get stupid sweaty when I'm running. My fingers were freezing for less than a kilometre and then I was fine.
If your hands sweat like mine, what kind of gloves do you suggest?
I will also need more cold weather gear as last night's get up was just about perfect for the temperature and I know it will get a whole lot colder. What's your favourite winter go to as a top layer?
Running in the dark and cold, with my breath showing in front of me and my tunes going after another stupid crazy day at work was just what I needed. It was amazing.
Unfortunately, I got home and my body shut down. Pounding headache, sweaty chills, spinning and exhausted. Probably due to the very little amount of food I had all day. I crawled into bed and napped for a couple of hours. Win. I hope it was all because of the food or something to do with yesterday and not something that happens every time I run in the cold! Any experience with this?
On not running...
Last night we booked our Christmas trip! I asked The American if we could go to NYC this year instead of buying each other presents and he was game. Yay! My in-laws offered us some travel points so our flights were relatively cheap, and we scored an amazing hotel on Hotwire.
I have always wanted to go to NYC at Christmas - to see Rockefeller Centre, the shop windows, FAO Schwartz... There is so much to do! We will be there for three nights and two full days. Anything we absolutely must see? Any tips on where to get tickets to The Book of Mormon that are mostly legal, trustworthy and not stupid expensive? And who wants to take me on a run around Central Park?
More on Christmas....
I got my ornament from my ornament swap partner. It's an adorable lime green penguin ornament! So cute. I will be posting more about it in a separate post.
I really need to get something for my Bloggy Secret Santa recipient. I have two ideas and want one more little thing.
I will be sending out my cards soon, including my holiday card exchange cards. I can't wait to put up the tree, listen to Christmas music, watch Christmas Eve on Sesame Street, and spread the Christmas love. So much will be going on at work in the next week so there won't be a lot of time until next weekend, but you better believe I'm going to go Christmas crazy all up in here once next week is over.
Lastly, a Larabar giveaway is coming in the next couple days, I promise! Stay tuned!