Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Brrrrrrrrrrr!

It’s mighty cold here in Texas right now…well, cold for us anyway! Some of you folks up North will laugh at me when I tell you that it’s 30 here with a “feels like” temp of 25. But, this is cold for us, especially this early in the season! I’m not complaining, because it will soon be 100 degrees with 100% humidity. The Kiddo is super excited about these temps. She gets excited anytime she sees the temps in the 30s, because she wants it to snow. Unfortunately for her, there’s not precipitation in the forecast. :-(

I managed to make it to spin class yesterday. The class is only 45 minutes, but I had a 1 hour bike ride on the schedule, so I arrived a little early to get in some extra time. I do enjoy spin class, but sometimes it’s hard to break away from the work stuff to go.

This morning I put on my Nike capri’s, a short sleeve shirt, a long sleeve shirt and some gloves and headed out for a 6-miler. I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to get in the entire 6-miles at my new super duper slow pace, especially after my Garmin had to take forever to locate satellites (about 6 minutes…standing in the cold for 6 minutes is not fun!). I ran almost 2 miles before meeting up with my running peep, Julie. During my 1st 1.75 miles alone, I maintained a super-fast 11:47 pace and stayed in zone 2 with my HR. However, I really didn’t want to subject Julie to this super-slow pace, so we ran our normal pace for the next 3 miles. My super-genius self forgot to start my Garmin again, so I have no idea of our pace or my HR during that time. I remembered to turn the Garmin back on for my last 1.25 miles …it seemed to take awhile to get my HR back into zone 2, so that last bit was super slow. My overall pace for the 3 miles I did record was a super -fast 11:58 minute/mile. I know you’re envious of my speed.

After my run, I took a quick shower…I was running late and didn’t want to make the Hubby late, too. Normally, I would linger in the warm water and try to warm up a little more. When I got out of the shower, I realized that I was freezing! I put on my warmest fuzzy robe and just could not seem to warm up. That’s when I decided that I was going to get back under the warm, cozy blankets in an attempt to get warm. I stayed there for about 10 minutes and finally felt warm enough to carry on with my normal morning routine. Oh, and after all this hurrying around, I realized that the Hubby was taking a vacation day…doh! Not sure why it took so long to get warm…probably just because it was colder than normal outside, or maybe I need to add a lightweight jacket or a warmer long sleeve shirt. I dunno. Again, not complaining about the cold temps…just need to prepare a little better.

On another note, I went to the doctor yesterday to get my flu shot. I am happy to report that despite my 3 weeks of consuming food like a human vacuum after NYCM, I am still at my pre-NYCM, cleaner eating weight. Yay me!!!! The goal is to stay there through the holidays and then work on shedding the last few pounds between the January 1 and the 70.3.

So, how are you liking this winter weather? What's your normal running attire for these temps?

9 comments:

JunieB said...

I pretty much go from shower straight to my clothes that i am going to wear for work.

I need a good fluffy warm robe...hmm...maybe I will add that to my Christmas list.

{lifeasa}RunningMom said...

I totally agree with you, Texas can indeed get cold. But maybe not as cold as Michigan but cold regardless! And I also know how it feels to not want to complain because it has been freezing cold where I live...and yes, I know I am on Maui and yes, it does get cold upcountry where I am. But I am too afraid to post too much about it on my blog but perhaps others would like a good laugh!

Really, it is probably high 40's or low 50's. That is cold to me.

Lisa said...

Oh my, that was colder than what it was here but I think today will make up for that. It did spit some snow that didn't stick, apparently.

I'm still wimpy with cold right now. I've not run in the weekday mornings since we got back from NYC either.

Robin said...

Yes, us Houstonians are loving this weather (especially those of use who run). What better running weather?!? I'm running after work and quick and easy 3 miles before heading off to my son's football banquet. Where do yall run at in the mornings? And what time? I love running in the mornings. www.dashingdiva.net

Terri said...

I agree brrrrr. I wimped out one day completely but today I pull myself up by my big girl running shoes put on two l/s shirts, long tights, hat, gloves...I was still cold! Oh well no complaints especially with Texas summers right around the corner. Yea! for you on not gaining any weight.

Amanda - RunToTheFinish said...

i live in FL now, but grew up in the midwest so I can't imagine winters without snow as a kid!

do you have a bike trainer for days when it's cold?

TX Runner Mom said...

Robin - We typically just run in my neighborhood. It's well lit and there are usually others running (not today though!). And, we start between 4 and 4:30 am depending on the mileage...i.e. Stupid Thirty!

Andrew Opala said...

that is pretty cold

That Pink Girl said...

Which 70.3 are you doing? I think I knew and then it fell out of my brain. Which is typical these days...