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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Desert sands

In Which Jenn Does NOT Bless The Sands Down In Africa

A view of the mountains from my balcony. They’re there, okay? Just trust me. Today I did not run because of the weather. Was it stormy? No. Aggressively windy? No. Hail? Hurricane? Flood? Extreme heat? All logical for Puerto Rico, but no. It was sand. In the air. FROM THE SAHARA DESERT. Look, The Washington Post even published an article on it yesterday. They’re saying it’s a record amount. A record amount of sand, yes, but not an unusual phenomenon: we get Saharan sand over here every year in the summer in the form of the Saharan Air Layer....

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Puerto Rico running

In Which Jenn Has A Nifty New Running Trail

I’ve found a new running trail! It (mostly) hugs the beach all through Piñones, and features some pretty sweet views of the ocean and sometimes even the mountains.  I tried to take a video during my last long run during my favorite portion of the trail. I can’t say it turned out great, per se, in that it a bit herky-jerky and I didn’t always control the camera as well as I would’ve liked. In my defense I was also partially concentrating on not tripping and falling on my face. All the same, this video will give you the...

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San Juan

In Which Jenn Runs In San Juan, PR

While we apartment-hunt for a permanent place, Pat and I are staying in a little place by the beach in Ocean Park, in the northern part of San Juan on the coast. It’s not a proper hotel and there’s no gym… but like any good addict, I’m not about to let my training just drop, y’know? Mama needs her mileage! … Ew. Why did I say that? I mean, it’s true, but why did I say it like that? Anyway. So it’s hot here in Puerto Rico (WUT) and humid, and even in the middle of the night it’s...

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Boardwalk OC MD

In Which Jenn Has A Boardwalk Running Suggestion

It’s officially summer, and that means beach trips are just around the corner. And beach runs, of course.  Personally, I love running on Ocean City’s boardwalk. Probably just about any boardwalk, really. The sights! The energy! The ocean breeze! The flatness! The occasional water fountain! But even I have had some tough-ish runs in this wonderful setting, and it’s not hard to figure out why: sometimes, during a summer vacation at the ocean, it’s hot. I try to confine my summer outdoor runs to the morning, but once in awhile I’ve been forced by circumstance to knock it out in...

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Kuzco rain

In Which Jenn Runs But Might As Well Be Swimming

As noted, the Wayfarer’s Half was cancelled for potential storms… and then no storms appeared whatsoever. That was Saturday.  Sunday was another story entirely – great buckets dumped from the sky allllllll day, legit rain to which words like “shower” and “sprinkle” did not apply. And this was bad news for me because, having wound up running only a 10k, I wanted to get another run in. I waffled about my options.  I could skip the run, of course. I did just run a race, even if it was a much shorter one than I had expected. I could pack up...

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An allegory

In Which Jenn Creates A Running Allegory Or Whatever

Sometimes training runs are easy. And sometimes they’re hard. Some days you love running and some days you hate it. Sometimes you start off fine and then, suddenly, you run into an obstacle. Sometimes you can see it way far ahead in the distance and it makes you nervous and tense. How can you possibly handle this issue? And then you get closer and you’re like, yeah, that’s a problem. But luckily, nine times out of ten, if you look around a little you’ll find a new path, and you can go on your merry way.   I hope...

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Running path

In Which Jenn Notices New Running Paths

One phenomenon I have noticed increasingly over the years as a runner is that I have become hyper aware of running paths. Anytime I’m driving along and I see a trail, I immediately begin to parse out its running potential. This is a great way to suss out new places to train, except that the tragedy is that often I never seem to get there! Oh, not always. I’ve run on Assateague Island now (and it was awesome!). And I’ve run a portion of the trail by Pat’s brother’s house. But a lot of paths are still on my...

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Running trail

In Which Jenn Finds A Whole New Running World

Last weekend I was very brave. I did my longest pre-marathon run of 17 miles… OUTSIDE. WHAT.  For the longest time I was strictly a treadmill girl. But time and circumstances pushed me outside more and more. Then last June I lost my nice, walking distance gym, and vowed to perform as many of my runs as possible outside so as to avoid the trek and packing that involved driving to my new one. There is certain weather I still drawn the line at, but I’ve gone down to 22 degree temperatures and endured some rains and winds.  And...

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The Fairest Week In Review: 1/03

Double-wide workout log since I skipped last week. Let’s leap right in! Sunday, December 17 | ran 11.08 miles outside in 1:50 I 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 class Of 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...

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