Saturday morning I woke up and checked the weather. I was not amused. I had a 13 mile run with Run Camp and it was 8 degrees outside. Oh, but it felt like -6. Well my bed was a warm 70 degrees and there was a husky snuggled so close to me that I would wager that it was even a few degrees warmer. Let’s just say that I seriously thought about pushing snooze and rolling over. Instead, I got up and pulled out my warmest tights, a pair of pants to go over those tights, two thermal shirts, a windbreaker jacket, gloves, a fleece gator and headband, warm smartwool socks, my running shoes and yaktrax. Yep. I was good to go.
At this point I realized once again that I am in fact one of those ‘crazy runners’.
Not only was it super cold and windy, but it was very icy out. Not fabulous run conditions, no. Luckily I have an amazing group to run with and we were ready to embrace these miserable miles together.
There is always a thing or two to learn when running in extreme temps. Here are a few things that I got schooled in Saturday morning:
- Your hair will look white from the frost that will accumulate.
- Your nose will run constantly. But no worries, you won’t even notice because your face will be frozen. Oh, and then that snot will freeze onto your face. It’s a real sexy look.
- You will have wind burn on your face when your run is over. You will want to go home immediately and slather vaseline all over your face. There is no shame in this.
- That Gu that you brought for your fuel will freeze into a popsicle.
- Speaking of freezing, don’t even bother stopping at the water stops because the water will be frozen and therefore undrinkable.
- No breaking pace records here. You will have to run slow. Ice is not your friend in this equation and if you go too fast you might just land on your bum.
- You will discover that it is in fact possible to have no feeling in your legs or feet, yet amazingly they will continue to work to carry you 13 miles.
- But the most important lesson that you will learn is this:
Seriously, no matter how cold it was and how it sucked battling the ice, it still felt pretty bad ass to be out there MOVING! So yeah, I was moving a little slower than usual, but I was still working up a sweat (and we all know how much I love to sweat!). When I finished I felt a lot of pride for getting out there and tackling this training run despite the not so great conditions. I know that if I can tackle tough runs like this one, then I am building up my mental game for race day.
What are some lessons that you have learned while training in not so great weather conditions?