Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Note to Self: Water is Important, Even in Cold Weather

I was so anxious to get out and run this morning.  The sun was shining and even though it was a cool 4°C (that is about 39°F) the air was dry for a really nice change.  It has been so moist here lately and that translates to cold at these temperatures.

We did bundle up though and headed off on a route I had mapped ealier...2 miles out and then 2 miles back along an urban trail that we can get onto near here.  I love these trails that run across the city.  There are always lots of people using them any time of the day, and they wind through parks, through suburbs and also industrial and urban areas.  I see lots of women walking, running, and biking alone or in pairs, even with strollers, which is a good sign to me that the trail is safe, too.

We started out kinda speedy for me and used 10/1 run/walk intervals today.  We hit the halfway mark right at 24 minutes and I was pretty sure it would take longer to get back cause the last half mile is uphill all the way. And it did!  We finished in just over 54 minutes... then the steep walk up the hill to the house!  This is a killer hill and the one I used in the Fall to practice hill repeats when I was learning the hill technique in Chi Running... we were house-sitting next door for a month at that time.  I am pretty please with that overall time.

W3 R54 @ 10/1 W4
stretch 5 minutes

I didn't carry any water with me today and I really need to do that.  I am a mouth breather and I get thirsty!  The Captain chews gum when we run but I am sure I would choke on it.  He says it helps keep his thirst down. 

I will take a water bottle with me when we go out on our weekend run, for sure.  My thirst seems to be worse in the cooler weather for some odd reason.  Am I working harder cause I am wearing more clothing?  Sometimes it feels like it.

By the time we walked up the hill to the house I was about ready to sit down for the rest of the day.  But I managed to get my outerwear and shoes off and then had 2 huge glasses of water before making our smoothies and stretching.

Is there anything more wonderful than a hot shower after you have been outside working up a sweat in the cool air?


  1. I always think I will choke on gum too but I bet it would be nice to have that relief!

    Great job, sounds like a good run other than the needing water.

  2. I can't think of anything! We were out in 40 degree weather Tuesday night but it started to rain. I was so cold the warm shower made me feel good! I always have hydration - I don't care how far I am going. My friend who walks with me the most rarely carries anything and it baffles me.

  3. nothing better than a warm shower after a cold run! I will stand in that shower forever and just let the hot water pour over me!!!! Remember the water! It's essential. I find I'm more thirsty in the winter.

  4. It is good that you are still thirsty. The general mistake with cold weather is that you don't feel thirsty, so you don't drink enough water. And yes, a hot shower is heaven after a cold run!

  5. For long runs I chew gum too. About the half way point works.

    There are few things better than a hot shower after a cold run.

  6. oh my gosh, that's COLD weather...and that warm shower was probably great :)

  7. We talk about hydration in MIT. It is very important to continue hydrating in the winter, only a lot of people don't think so because it is cold outside. You are still working just as hard as any other time of year, though! :) You may have felt extra thirsty because they air was dry. I also find that I have to be more conscious about drinking water in the winter.

    Awesome run! Running in the winter is NOT easy, but you nailed it! :)

    I hope you and the Captain have a wonderfully Merry Christmas! I will be thinking of you and wishing you well! :)


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