Friday, November 19, 2010



Wow, I've really been slacking on the blog. Sorry! It started snowing early this week and now the winter is here to stay! I am loving it so far, and had my first run in winter conditions on Wednesday. I had a speed workout, that was 5 miles total including warm up, 2 miles @ 9:50 pace with 800 m jog in between, and cool down.

I woke up, ate an apple, then went to a nearby outdoor track to do my workout. I think the temperature was 11 F but with the wind chill it was closer to feeling like 0 F. I haven't gotten any winter running gear yet, so I wore my standard capris, wore a long sleeve technical shirt, then a long sleeve cotton shirt over that, some gloves and a hat to keep my head warm. I actually felt pretty good during the run, only a little cold. The exposed part of my legs was a bit chilly but not unbearable.

I did 1 1/2 mile warm up at an easy pace, then did my 2 miles @ 9:50 with 800 m jog in between, and then a mile cool down.  I think I was so concerned with making sure I had the clothing I needed and worried about whether or not I would be cold and I totally forgot to bring my watch! So I'm really not sure what my pace was for the speed work, but I ran at the fastest pace I could do for a mile and hoped it was close to the time I needed.

Today I went to The Running Room, which is an Edmonton based running specialty store and chatted with one of the girls there about running in the cold, and she showed me the necessities. I don't want to spend very much money, so I knew the essentials I would need were a pair of spikes to go over my shoes and some good pants for running at the very least.  I didn't get anything while I was there because I wanted to make sure that my husband was OK with the things I need to get. When I got home my mom-in-law showed me a pair of spikes she has that she would put over her boots when walking the dogs in the winter. I tried them on over my running shoes and they fit perfectly so I won't have to buy any spikes right now which is nice. So now all I really need to get is some pants and I hope to do that this week if possible, since I have a long run that I'm supposed to do tomorrow! I'll let you know how that goes!

In closing I have some good news! I have lost a total of 18 lbs since last summer, and since re-committing myself to getting in shape in October of this year I have lost almost 9 lbs! I'm so excited!

I hope you all have a great weekend!


1 comment:

  1. Oh my gosh! You seriously are so dedicated:D I wish you could see my huge smile right now, and how big my heart is with pride over you! I am just so proud of how consistent you have been in following your plan and pursuing your goals. I love you!


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