Monday, November 5, 2012

The spandex are out

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!

Happy Monday!


Marlene said...

I've been in spandex for a few weeks now, but only on the really chilly mornings. The cold just does not feel nice on bare skin. Other than that, I do enjoy the brisk refreshing air - most of the time.

Congrats on another speedy 5K run! Sooo close to sub-20!

Look forward to seeing what you end up doing next. Some time off of official training/racing might be nice.

Amy said...

I've been in spandex for the past few weeks, and even had one run where I wished I'd put on a second pant layer! I find it's harder to get out in the cold, but easier to keep going once you're out there.

Lauren @ Sassy Molassy said...

It's actually a bit warm here today - going to be around 65! But I did get up early for me (545) to go running in the dark. Loved that the sun was coming up as I was finishing AND that I got my run out of the way as I have to work late tonight.

Suz and Allan said...

I had to bring out my running tights and long sleeve shirt yesterday so I know how you feel!

Anonymous said...

It's been so warm in Utah that we haven't had to break out the spandex just yet, but I can feel it's coming soon!

Christy @ My Dirt Road Anthem: A Runner's Blog said...

I had to dig out my spandex a while ago, but every chance I get the skirts and capris are back out! although I do agree that there is something very refreshing about running in the cold.

Kim said...

There is something special about wearing a tank for a winter indoor workout. I am always like "hello, old friend!" LOL

Congrats on your AG placement in your speedy 5K! Sorry that your heart was not in it :( Maybe some time off from racing is a good idea... time off from it always gets me in the mood for it ;)