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Baby, its cold outside

Happy 2015! If you are like me, you are likely still asleep (you have to love a good scheduling tool). Typically, blog posts around this time do one of two things; talk about goals or reflect about the previous year but I’m not going to either of those. I have already written a blog about goals and this past year was a bit of a mix bagged.
Instead, let us talk a little bit of subject that has been hitting me hard this week that is running in the cold. By hitting hard, I mean the high was 14 degrees yesterday. I know many of you would scoff and consider this warm but I was born and raised below the Mason Dixon line. Let me put it this way, I own only four pairs of tights. I had no idea fleece lined tights existed until this year.

ColdoutsideWith that being said, cold weather has a negative effect on my running. Mainly, I don’t hydrate enough and I don’t want to run in the cold. I’ve been able to tackle the hydration issue pretty easily but drinking lots of tea. There is nothing quite like a warm cup of tea after a cold run or even during the day. I have also discovered the NUUN makes a pretty warm drink. I stick to the caffeine free teas. I have found that I drink more tea than I did water.

The issue of going out to run in the cold hasn’t exactly been resolved. For Christmas, I asked for lots of layers and warm athletic gear which helps. I also purchased a cheap (like $3.00) drawstring toboggan that allows me to wear it around my nose (see pic). I also received a white reflective vest and a head lamp that helps me navigate night run (will also make Beer Chasers Wednesday night group run heck of a lot nicer). If I’m really not motivated, I stick a few dollars in my pocket to purchase a hot drink on the way home. I will admit I do wimp out sometimes and use the indoor track at the gym. Miles are miles.

What do you do to help your running in the cold months?
I hope everyone is having a great new year! I’m looking forward to getting married and running my first half with a new last name in May.
Cara

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I am Lucky

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The thing is and I think I should preface with this, because I have been thinking about it a ton lately. Recently JORDAN and I went on a run YES Jordan is running. The amazing gazelle she is, deciding to train with me.

Good choice!

Anyway, yesterday we were out on our run and we were talking and she had expressed some aggravations about running and how it was going. Of course being the elder I had to share my perspective. And here you all go this is my perspective:

After running middle school track, skipping two years in high school in order to play soccer, then racing for Michigan State University. I thought I was over and done with racing on a track. I just thought ya know I put my time in, I had a wonderful ride but now I am done. Life works in funny ways sometimes, and being out in the great state of Washington has opened up this opportunity again. I get to race (run hard) on a track again. I get to prolong this experience. Thus every race is icing on the cake.

Also I am not racing to possibly make someone proud or win or anything. I compete but that isn’t why either. I run hard because I love the feeling of running hard and I love the feeling of coming home still pumped up from a hard run. And I will continue to do it until I can’t anymore. When that day comes, I don’t want to regret not enjoying it while I could.

I am so lucky.

Alright, SO for the race. I think that I warmed up okay, but I really think that I need to get more form drills. Maybe some harder sprints to begin with, it just takes me far too long to get focused and find a rhythm  I again AS PER usually, will blame this on the distance racing ha! I will also blame it on the fact that I really haven’t done any speed training yet. Thus I am okay with how it went considering those factors, I would just like it to feel like I am not pacing it. I have some ideas I would like to play with and I will let you know how they play out. #HFCNC (Have fun, Compete and Not Care).

Thanks,

Jac

Race: 1500 meters

Official Time: 4:51:31

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I am Lucky

6_20_13post

The thing is and I think I should preface with this, because I have been thinking about it a ton lately. Recently JORDAN and I went on a run YES Jordan is running. The amazing gazelle she is, deciding to train with me.

Good choice!

Anyway, yesterday we were out on our run and we were talking and she had expressed some aggravations about running and how it was going. Of course being the elder I had to share my perspective. And here you all go this is my perspective:

After running middle school track, skipping two years in high school in order to play soccer, then racing for Michigan State University. I thought I was over and done with racing on a track. I just thought ya know I put my time in, I had a wonderful ride but now I am done. Life works in funny ways sometimes, and being out in the great state of Washington has opened up this opportunity again. I get to race (run hard) on a track again. I get to prolong this experience. Thus every race is icing on the cake.

Also I am not racing to possibly make someone proud or win or anything. I compete but that isn’t why either. I run hard because I love the feeling of running hard and I love the feeling of coming home still pumped up from a hard run. And I will continue to do it until I can’t anymore. When that day comes, I don’t want to regret not enjoying it while I could.

I am so lucky.

Alright, SO for the race. I think that I warmed up okay, but I really think that I need to get more form drills. Maybe some harder sprints to begin with, it just takes me far too long to get focused and find a rhythm  I again AS PER usually, will blame this on the distance racing ha! I will also blame it on the fact that I really haven’t done any speed training yet. Thus I am okay with how it went considering those factors, I would just like it to feel like I am not pacing it. I have some ideas I would like to play with and I will let you know how they play out. #HFCNC (Have fun, Compete and Not Care).

Thanks,

Jac

Race: 1500 meters

Official Time: 4:51:31