Tag Archive: winter running

You Will Not Believe How Beautiful The Bay Is In The Winter!

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The weather has been pretty bad here lately. I’m talking 20s and 30s with lots of snow and slush and wind. Not very motivating to get outside and run! So on those days in between when the sun actually makes an appearance, I am making my run count. For me, this has meant the bay loop recently.

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This 5 mile loop takes you along the bay with some lagoons and marsh thrown in and it is so beautiful! Who wouldn’t want to do it twice?

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The marsh is frozen solid, but the birds don’t seem to mind at all.

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The bay along the beach is pretty frozen too. You don’t see this too often!

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I love living here and having such amazing routes to run. Today was one of those days that I would have kept going if I didn’t have to get the boys from school.

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The weather man is going to have to hide out if he keeps predicting snow. Three more days this week! Hopefully I can finish this scarf at least.

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Plus he will have to deal with Fezziwig. He is definitely not a fan of the cold and fully expects the snow to be shoveled before he goes outside!

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Stay warm!

My Idea of Fun

Apparently this winter is never going to end. Even though it is very pretty to wake up to falling snow, I would give just about anything for a warm summer day on the beach right now. There are only two things I can think of to get through this weather – knitting soft, warm scarves in bright colors and running.

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It’s been a while since I have knitted consistently. The truth is there just isn’t time to sit still for that long. But I was amazingly early to pick the boys up the other day and ran into the store for some yarn. The bright colors in this yarn are so cheerful and it is so soft! I was surprised at how much I have missed it. Hopefully I can make time for some easy projects while the weather is bad. Knitting and cold weather just go together.

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Of course running is the other thing that will cheer you up in the winter. It’s not just the “runner’s high” either. Being outside in the sunlight really does make you a happier person. It’s not that easy to get out there though! I love this picture. Every time I see a long open stretch of road I want to run. You have to love the salt lines on the road too!

Deciding what to wear to run in the winter isn’t that easy because you are always cold when you are not running. Once you start, you will warm up – I promise! I spent the morning before my run thinking about how cold it is outside and made the classic mistake of overdressing. (By the way – it is not that easy to run with a double layer of fleece lined pants on!) I ended up taking off a top layer and a bottom layer halfway through!  So here is a guide for your next run (and mine too!).

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There are days, especially in the winter, when you think you might not want to go for a run. (Craziness!!!!) But in all honesty, once you get started you will be glad you went. #neverregretarun

remember why you run

This is the absolute truth. It is also the way to start loving running (well, unless you are marathon training).

run more often

Need more reasons to run? Definitely try running in the rain – in the summer. You will feel like a kid again.

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Guess what? I get to see my soccer team tomorrow. :-) We are starting team practices and I can’t wait to see them all!

So, I am wondering, what’s your favorite thing to do to get through the rest of the winter?

How To Become the MacGyver of Running Paces

Ok, who remembers MacGyver? The secret agent who can solve any problem with duct tape and a paperclip? Give him a seemingly impossible task and in almost no time he has completed it. Sometimes I wish MacGyver were here to help me figure out a running schedule (well, to do a lot of things, actually. Like to figure out how to be at basketball practice, a soccer meeting and getting homework done all at the same time).

pace yourself

Without a plan, I am likely to run at the same comfortable pace for the same distance over and over again.  But the truth is that varying your running pace (which often means varying your distance as well) will improve your performance. It’s great to build a base of mileage at a moderate comfortable pace. But adding in tempo runs (a bit faster than your average run at a similar distance) and speed work (short distances at higher effort levels) will make you a faster, stronger runner. And don’t forget about those slower runs. Active recovery days help prevent injury.

Have you seen a Paceband before? This is a great idea for longer races when it gets harder to make sure you are on target for your time.

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Lately my goal has been to build up distance without re-injuring my leg. Right now, that means avoiding hills and running on soft ground whenever possible. The weather has not been cooperating though! The trail seems to always be covered in ice or full of mud. It’s funny how you don’t notice hills when you are in the car. I was pretty sure Monday’s run was going to be flat. Not so much…

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So for my next run I figured I would change up the pace a bit. Why not? It was going to be a short run anyway. But running in the winter can be tough! I wasn’t expecting the solid sheet of ice to be covering my path! I hope it thaws out a bit soon.

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Happy Birthday Eileen! I love it when we have a really good reason to go out for a long, chatty lunch. These girls are the best.

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Philly Monday has turned into Philly Wednesday for us. Adventures with the boys are fun no matter what the reason.

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Ok, come on! How am I really supposed to keep up with this? I liked it before the update that told me how many emails I need to read. Ignorance is bliss…

Remember,

Without giving, there is no receiving

Without letting go, there is no letting in

Without an exhale, there is no inhale

So, I am wondering, how many email accounts do you have? Do you think 6 is too many?

Winter Running

I never regret a run.  Never.  But when Eileen texted me this morning to see if we were still on to run the trail this morning, I had a moment’s hesitation.  My car was reporting a whopping 21 degrees outside!  When we ran on Friday it was in the low 60’s!

regret runEven then, I knew I would not regret going.  So I ran through my mental cold weather gear checklist and texted back that I would see her there.  In case you are new to running in cold weather, this might help you get prepared.

PERSONAL TRAINER: For winter road warriorsWe don’t really do all of these things.  I layer up, top and bottom, and make sure I have my gloves and headband.  Eileen and Deirdre both wore a hat today.  But you choose what works best for you.

So I met Eileen and Deirdre at the trail and we had a great 4 mile run.  It started out a little quiet as we adjusted to the temperature and got warmed up.  But after 5 minutes or so I didn’t notice the temperature anymore.  We chatted and enjoyed the run.  And I truthfully enjoyed being outside, especially with friends.  I must admit that even I am surprised that I love running through the winter as much as I do.  Other than running I prefer to stay inside when it is cold out.

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And Eileen got a head start on her Christmas decorating.  Doesn’t she look like a winter cheerleader?  Thanks for braving the cold with me, ladies!

pompoms1On another note, I finally had my windows cleaned this weekend.  I took all of my screens out of the windows a long time ago, so I have a beautiful view now.  I am not sure whether it was my clean windows or the gusty winds we had yesterday, but a poor bird flew into my dining room window!  When I looked to see what it was, the bird flew across the yard.  I think it is fine, but I felt so badly that it was out in the freezing weather!  So I looked around the house and decided to make a little home for it.  This is what the boys and I came up with.

birdhouse1It is just a box with crumpled up newspaper inside, really.  (Loren – it was from the recycling game we played at Scouts!)  I had some wild finch food, so we dumped a bowlful of that on one side as well, hoping the bird would make it his home.  Guess what?  Look who I found there after my run.

finchSo, I am wondering, do you enjoy the cold weather?

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