Monday, December 8, 2008

Back to the Street

This past October I ran in the Baltimore half-marathon. While I can't say i enjoyed every minute (honestly, who enjoys running for 2 plus hours?), I did have a lot of fun, was proud of my time (2:14), and was really proud to have finished in one piece. However, I did strain something in my foot and had to take 6 weeks off from running.

So, I went back to some lower impact activities- my workout dvds and biking- until my foot healed. But today, I was just so over those dvds and the stationary bike. Inspired by Marlene, a Canadian on the run, I hit the streets again. I figured if she could run outside in Canada, I could handle the winter along the mid-Atlantic.

Being a pretty avid runner, I have a lot of gear that keeps me warm, dry, safe, and entertained.
Sweat wisking undies and bra? check
under armour long tights? check
sweat wisking long sleeve t? check
my 180s with small space for ipod ear buds? check
road id? check
and ipod with road-ready mix? check-check!

Dressed and ready, I got out the door before I could change my mind.
And, I was pleasantly surprised. It wasn't as cold as I thought it would be, my stride came right back and lasted the three miles, and I remembered why I love running in the cold.

So, moral of the story, ladies. If you are fearing the yucky winter weather, get yourself geared up and hit the street. I think you will find the crisp air refreshing and the holiday sights delightful. And, if you are completely miserable, just think about the nasty comment you can leave me the whole time!


Randy said...

I can handle the cold, it's the running I can't handle. I put my lawn chair out next to the road, to watch the runners go by. You'd be surprized how much better I feel. You iinspired me, THANKS.

Liana said...

i agree with Randy! it's just the running part i need to get syked for ;)

Whitney said...

Well good for you!
I wish I could say that I wanted to run a marathon, but I don't. But I sure admire people who do!

Pink Pearls & Muddy Sneakers said...

So funny - I ran the Bmore half-marathon last year! It's by far the best city to run races in. :) Good for you for getting back into it! maybe tomorrow am will be my running revival...

Mrs. Not-so-Domesticated said...

Thanks for stopping by! I went back and read your blog about "the itch" and its great...I felt like that FOREVER! I had been in a long term relationship prior to my hubby and I thought we'd never get to that stage...which was a blessing because we were completely wrong for each other. My hubby and I were bombarded our entire relationship about when we'd get married, and then we did... It all happened so fast (well not really, we dated for 4 years before we got married) but it seemed fast. I guess we'll always have "that itch" for something. Love your blog, and I'll be reading...

P.S. I'm not a runner, so I'll take your word for it.

Marlene said...

Hey! Thanks for stopping by my blog. :) I'm honored to have inspired you to get out there in the cold, and so glad it wasn't as bad as you thought. Often, the hardest part is getting out the door!

Randy said...

OK, you did it, you inspired me again, I actually thought about your blog and ...well I just started running. Iwas in the mall and had to pee so bad, and the foodcourt restroom was sooo crowded, so I RAN to Macy's (less crowded resrtroom), about 200yds.

I am thinking about a 1/4 K run next, pray for me.

Mrs. Nurse said...

i miss running but i don't miss the cold.

Miss Anne said...

I'm just starting to run, and it's definately something I'm going to like... After losing 138lbs this year I feel like a different person. I've never even been able to fathom running... and now, I'm taking it one lap at a time!

THIS is an inspiration!

p.s. thnx for being my newest follower! :) I'm going to add myself to yours too!