I headed out early in a million layers, including two pairs of tights, to fight of the cold and managed to get through the speed work. Unfortunately, my watch never managed to acquire satellites, so I'm pretty sure I ran a lot faster than I was supposed to. At least it felt like I was running faster than an 8 minute mile. After 4.5 miles of speed work, I picked up Bungee and finished the run with her.
As far as speed work goes, I'd say it was successful. There was one downside and it was directly correlated to wearing two pairs of tights: bloody ankles.
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I finished my run just in time to avoid the snow and sleet storm that followed for the rest of the day, so I felt pretty good about that.
Yesterday, I had 15 miles on schedule. I contemplated heading to my parents' house to use the treadmill, but gave myself a pep talk and told myself not to be a wuss and layered up to go outside. About a half mile from my house, I realized how icy and slippery the roads were. I kept thinking, The smart thing to do would be to go home and run on the treadmill so you don't slip and die. But I also knew that I really didn't want to go home, change clothes, and drive to my parents' house to run on the treadmill for 2 hours again. Instead, I did the stupid thing and just kept going.
Luckily, I ran most of the run on back roads where the roads were well salted in the middle, so I could just run in the middle of the road and not worry about traffic or slipping. It ended up being one of those runs where after I finished, I had no idea how I managed to finish. I came home and was tired and sore from slipping and sliding around, so I spent the rest of the day in compression shorts and socks with lots of ice packs. I am pretty sure the person who designed this plan really loves to see people suffer. That's the only explanation I can come up with for this week's mileage.
Today is an easy 10 miles. Riiiight. At least it's relatively warm today, so I don't have to worry about wearing 1,000 layers.
What is your favorite article of winter running clothing?