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Winter Running has an Up Side

The pendulum of winter has swung the other way. That b1&$h Mother Nature and her partner in crime, Jack Frost, are both on my hit list after dumping four feet of snow in a week; all with the promise of more to come.

I am training for the Boston Marathon which is in April.

The longest runs are ramping up with a 15-miler on Valentine's Day. I don't mind the cold, but the snow sure does make the roads narrow. A handful of us beasts train on the Boston Marathon route. For the most part, it is well plowed.

The problem is where to put all the snow.

Four years ago, I could have cared less about the snow, the roads and even the cold. I sat in my warm and toasty office eating bonbons and feeding my fat stores for no good reason. Weighing in somewhere slightly south of 300 pounds, running was far from my thoughts.

Then I spent a week in ICU with congestive heart failure.

The spring of my recovery brought increasingly warm weather so I ran outside. Ummm like a half mile with a walk break or two. In the winter I did Couch to 5K (C25K) on the treadmill for all the snowy days. 30 minutes is my max on the

March of 2012 I ran my first 5K.

My last two runs it has been around 10 F with 20 to 30 mile per hour winds. The good news is that the sun was out and that changes everything.

Winter running has it's down side:
- Cold hands
- Cold stomach; really, WTF?
- Frozen Gatorade
- Dry and itchy skin
- Male shrinkage
- Frozen GU (not the same as above)
- Narrow roads
- Ice patches
- Motorists yelling out the window to get on the unplowed sidewalk
- Salt trucks
- Blowing snow

It also has it's upside:
- Cute motorists asking if you need a ride

Thanks for reading along. My new book will have lots of pathetic running stories.

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Leahbcc wrote 89 months ago:
Always an upside to things
WhatMeRunning wrote 89 months ago:
Really though, what IS up with that cold stomach? I never gave it too much thought until now. That thing gets downright cold.
fabnine wrote 89 months ago:
You get cute motorists offering you a ride? Why do I only get the 'No Mr. Scary Ax Murderer' I will not get into your truck with you kind of offers?
And here in rural NH there is no sidewalk so when they yell at me to get out of the road where do they think I'm going to go.
BTW tuck the GU in your bra it won't freeze. Huh, guess that doesn't really help you.
dawnmcneil10 wrote 89 months ago:
For cold hands try a thick balm like bag balm, vaseline or what not, it seems to help me which also helps with the dry skin. BONUS!
Heck who knows maybe that'll help your stomach too.

I don't get the cute motorists either more like the stares while people think, "is she crazy" of course I might look like a unibomber as I'm typically pretty well bundled, I don't like to be cold.

Great job changing up your life, so glad you had the chance. :)
SamNicoll wrote 89 months ago:
Gotta love those endorphins!
TAMayorga wrote 89 months ago:
Well, you certainly shame me when I am tempted to wimp out when it's 37 F out and the wind is blowing (I can handle the cold, it's the cold/wind combo that defeats me.) Good luck in April!
libland wrote 89 months ago:
Cold hands? Mine are usually only cold for about the first 1/2 mile. By the end of most of my runs I have my gloves off.
hashTag_Wade wrote 89 months ago:
One thing that really helps me run in the reggae/SoCal/Jack Johnson music playlist (ie Marley, Sublime, etc). I find the warm, happy reggae rhythms make me think warm, happy summertime thoughts, put a smile on my face, and a little warmth in my soul, And the tempo is perfect for those slower, longer runs.

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