Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Winter marathon training

. . . means:

  • 12 miles in 21 degree weather that feels like 5 degrees, thanks to Mr. Wind Chill.
  • Layers: Sock layers. Legging layers. Pant layers. Shirt layers. Jacket layers. Glove layers. Mitten layers. Layers.
  • Lots of laundry (see above).
  • Frozen water bottles.
  • Frozen gels.
  • Frozen nose.
  • Hot showers. Long hot showers.
  • Becoming friends with the treadmill.
  • Excitement when the forecast is for "sunny and 30 degrees."
  • Outta-hand excitement when the temp is 40+.
  • Happy dreams and scary nightmares about what the 26.2 on May 6th might bring.
Winter marathon training. It. Is. On.

Yup. On.

Have a great week!

~ Felice

19 comments:

MizFit said...

and you, my Friend, are on FIRE.

Britton said...

Nice job despite the cold!!! Oh, what us runners will do to get in our miles!! :) Way to go!!

Heidi @BananaBuzzbomb said...

Get it girl! You got this!!

Running With Sass said...

can. not. imagine. here in south MS it has been in the 60's and 70's most days in January! with a few light freezes

B.o.B. said...

man, i don't envy you with those temps. brrrr! but WTG on getting out there and getting it done. :) happy training!

Melissa said...

It is on! I hope NJ is ready for a bunch of Strong Running Mamas!

Laura said...

I can totally relate...I posted about how much laundry I generated on our SERIOUSLY cold run on Sunday.
Keep 'er up!

Julie said...

I did 10 miles yesterday in the same weather! Yikes. I definitely feel you on the LONG hot shower. That was my savior yesterday.

Kate said...

I shouldn't even comment here because I was just complaining about how "cold" it was yesterday and when I checked the temp, it was 59 degrees! I know I am a weakling but that's what San Diego does to you. I love winter marathon training because the temperature is perfect here for running at this time of year. Crisp, cool air. :) Maybe you should buy a winter home here in San Diego. Start playing the lotto!

Suzy said...

Oh the laundry! I know what you are talking about. I think ADP fill the washer when we both run on one winter day with all the layers.

Michael said...

So just out of curiosity...how DO you keep the water and gels from freezing on your long runs..?

On my long runs I carry my fluids with me on a waist pack that has some clip-on attachments for water bottles, and the gels are in the pack. However, I haven't been in sub-30 weather yet, so those things freezing didn't occur to me.

Melissa said...

impressive! I've never run in weather that cold, I think 23 is my all time low.

J said...

My thoughts exactly!! Monday morning it was 5F when I ran but then it was 40F when I left work at 5pm! Crazy!

macnic said...

Yup, Yup, Yup. Sounds like my Sunday. Great job getting it done in the weather. What marathon are you running?

Marlene said...

Winter marathon training is a different beast - but you are clearly cut out for it!

oh, the laundry...

Amanda said...

I'm winter maarathon training too, for the first time. It's tough (although this has been a pretty decent winter overall). It's also hard mentally!

The Happy Runner said...

@macnic -- I'm signed up for the New Jersey Marathon on 5/6. Can't wait!

Bill Fine said...

Boy do I know what you mean! I'm out there training for Boston, and I can't believe how fortunate we've been this winter in the Northeast....not like last year!

raulgonemobile said...

I totally hear ya. Only ramping up for a half, so it's a good bit easier, but it's still damn cold out.

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