Cold weather running

In Which Jenn Has Forgotten How To Run In The Cold

Hello and welcome to The Fairest Run Of All, 2021 edition! Shall we start out the new year with a little light complaining? Let’s! Because boy howdy, kids, as a denizen of the warm and humid land of Puerto Rico for almost two years now, I have all but forgotten how to run in the cold. I ran a series of 5Ks over the last couple weeks while in Maryland’s wintry throes, and while I knew intellectually it was going to be chilly I was not prepared. Literally. I wasn’t prepared. I almost was – I packed gloves for...

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Cold

The Fairest Week In Review: 3/07

Welcome back to our recurring winter themed weekly recap: Jenn Is Cold. Here’s another cold weather running tip! I ran into a lot of trouble with my phone battery dying in the cold a couple years ago. It was recommended that I use my body heat to keep my phone warm, but easier said than done when pockets large enough for a phone tend to be the outermost layer, right? Pants and jackets are where I’ve mostly found them. Fine if it, like, kinda cold, but less helpful when the temperature dips below 25 degrees. So here’s what I’ve been...

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Sleepy Cinderella

The Fairest Week In Review: 2/20

I recently read that endurance athletes require MORE sleep than the average person. In this way I have not been optimizing my training as a runner. Do not follow my example re: sleep. However, I am not without redeeming qualities. For example, I have found a new way to adapt to running in the cold! Do you like to mess with your music while you run, but your supply of touch-sensitive gloves is limited? You only need one designated tech hand – split the touch pair, stick a regular glove on your non-tech hand, and voila! You just doubled...

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Cold

The Fairest Week In Review: 2/05

It’s been pretty chilly around these parts the past couple weeks, and while THIS week is thawing out nicely, I know fickle nature is bound to come right back at me with the winter chill in a week or so. It’s this kind of nonsense that makes me bound and determined to move south, people!  Ah, memories. Anyway, as naturally cold reptile of a human being, I have a hard time dressing for winter runs. Logically I know that the act of running will warm me up, but I dread those moments on the street corner waiting for my...

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The Fairest Week In Review: 10/24

We have reached the time of the year where I had to wear long pants, gloves, AND a vest to run in the morning. Naturally I passed a guy running in a t-shirt and shorts at the same time, but I know what I need. NOT ALL THIS GEAR, that’s for sure. I’ve been so spoiled the last few years – all my fall marathons were in unseasonably warm weather. Mind you, that didn’t always work out, but where I come from (WDW) overwarm is preferable to cold. Maybe it means a cold-induced PR is in the works? Or I...

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The Fairest Week In Review: 2/14

Happy Valentine’s Day! If you’re reading this, I love you. (For reals, the idea that people read the things I write gives me the warm fuzzies. <3) Pat and I used to mark the occasion by eating dinosaur chicken nuggets, but then we decided they were so awesome that we should incorporate them into our regular diet and now they’re not special anymore. Oh well! Let us non sequiter our way into the workout log: Sunday | restThere was a nasty wintry mix outside and my IT Band was still giving me a bit of trouble, so I decided...

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The Fairest Week In Review: 2/07

Three words: STUPID IT BAND.Yup, my old injury has reared its ugly, ugly head. Mind you, I probably shouldn’t’ve run a 14 miler when I suspected something might be up with it again, but it was on the schedule, okay? WHAT WAS I SUPPOSED TO DO??? (Rest. Right. Yeah. Whatever.)The good news is – and I’m gonna go find a giant hunk of wood and knock on it eight to twelve times – the judicious application of KT Tape, an extra rest day or two, and slightly curtailed mileage seems to have tamed the beast. Here’s hoping it keeps up; I...

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The Fairest Week In Review: 1/31

Oh my God, this workout log is so boring. WINE & DINE WILL NEVER COME, I JUST KNOW IT. *sobs dramatically* Sunday | ran 10.26 miles outside in 1:45Monday | walked 2.35 miles outside in 40 minutes; 65 minute ballet classTuesday | ran 5.24 miles on the treadmill in 60 minutesStupid rain ruining a perfectly reasonable running temperature. 🙁Wednesday | ran 5.21 miles outside in 55 minutesWell… it didn’t rain.Thursday | walked 2.06 miles outside in 35 minutes; 65 minute ballet classFriday | ran 5.18 miles outside in 55 minutesSo cold my phone died at mile 3. 🙁 Clearly...

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The Fairest Week In Review: 1/03

Double-wide workout log since I skipped last week. Let’s dive right in! Sunday, December 17 | ran 11.08 miles outside in 1:50I know I’ve said exactly this before, but: either I’m getting faster or my GPS watch is broken. The fact that it’s freezing outside probably helps… Monday, December 18 | walked 2.46 miles outside in 40 minutes; 60 minute ballet classOf course, the cold makes walks exponentially worse.  Tuesday, December 19 | ran 5.28 miles outside in 55 minutes Wednesday, December 20 | ran 5.29 miles outside in 55 minutes Thursday, December 21 | walked 2.09 miles outside...

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The Fairest Week In Review: 11/08

Sometimes running sucks. But it doesn’t suck as much as when you CAN’T run. Such is the paradox of the runner.  LOOK WHOSE IT BAND IS BEHAVING NOW AND THEREFORE CAN RUN AGAIN!!! Sunday | restI had considered trying out a run this day, but the weather was pretty icky; I took it as a sign from the universe to get my IT Band one more rest day. Monday | walked 2.07 miles outside in 35 minutes; 60 minute ballet class Tuesday | ran 5.16 miles outside in 60 minutesSlow as all hell, but I RAAAAAAAN!!! Wednesday | ran...

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