Yesterday’s long run was cold. Not chilly, not brisk, not nippy but F’ing COLD. With the wind chill it was –20C or –4F . There’s no way I was going to run 20km on the treadmill and it was supposed to be a sunny day so deal with it hearty Canadian.
I dressed for the full wind chill as we were running near the lake and it was a good thing I did. While I wasn’t freezing, I also didn’t want to pull layers off so I knew I was dressed appropriately.
Post run laundry:
in the layering was:
- 2 pairs of gloves. Of late my hands have been really cold so 2 layers it was and I was fine
- 1 base layer on the bottom and my Sugoi Firewall run tights
- 3 layers on the top: base warm layer, hooded top and my old trusty Adidas run jacket that rocks as it has a million pockets for my gel, phone, music and the billion kleenex I carried for my nose that ran faster than me.
- Neck warmer and hat. My neck warmer is a love/hate thing. I use it to try to keep my face warm but can’t run with it over my mouth as I can’t breathe. Hmmm…
Look like a lot of clothing? Yes…it was. It was a Stay Puft Marshmallow kind of run but it ended up being a good one. My coach came out to meet me about 8km into the run and we did some tempo pick ups. It was hard to get the legs moving but felt awesome. I am thankful to have both my friend as company and the pick ups to change the run up a bit as it was really tough to get into a groove. I could not slow down which you might think isn’t a bad thing but I have to keep my training at the right zones. It’s a marathon after all, not a sprint.
Did you run in the cold this weekend? How many layers did you have?