I resisted as long as I could.
But finally the spandex have made their first fall/winter appearance. I pushed it as long as I could. I wore my capris and shorts throughout October but in the last week the temperatures have taken a turn toward COLD!
Long gone are the days when my running bag will be light. Now it will be packed to the brim with long sleeved under amour shirts, long spandex, a coat, a hat and gloves.
It is kind of sad to have to pack up most of my little tank tops and shorts and not see them again until Spring. Of course they wont go completely unused for the next 4-5 months because I will be making regular appearances at the gym now, but it wont be the same.
Yesterday was my first day in spandex and although it was quite chilly out, I warmed up pretty quickly and enjoyed my 6.5 mile run on the country roads. I ran my normal route backward and got to actually take in the scenery since it wasn't dark out. Plus it snowed a little bit while I was running. Just a few flakes.
This morning I was again in spandex and long sleeves. It was chilly. My iPhone app told me it was 36F feels like 28F. Brr.
But there is something about being out in the cold. Its almost refreshing (and it helps me wake up pretty quickly). The air just smells clean when its cold.
It was actually a bit easier to get up this morning thanks to the daylight savings time. My body felt like it was 6am even though my alarm was blaring at 5am.
Oh yeah and I ran a 5k race on Saturday. It was quite miserable. It was cold and rainy and just gross outside. And to be honest, I don't think my heart was in it. My legs didn't have as much pep as I thought they should have. My original goal was to try and run all three fall 5k races under 20 minutes but that was just not meant to happen. I ran my race Saturday in 20:03 which was still good enough for 4th place woman and first in my age group. I am pretty sure that will be my last race of 2012. I have thought about running a Turkey Trot but seeing as I am hosting my family for Thanksgiving, I am not sure if that will actually workout.
Now I am not sure what lies ahead for me and running. Of course I will not stop running. I just don't know what's next. I don't really have any desire to start training again for anything right now. I have even contemplated not racing at all in 2013. So for now I will continue to log good base mileage each week and hopefully make it through the holidays without gaining weight!