Cold Run & #ATWRBR2014

Happy Hump Day……already ?!!?!?!? Ahhh, where is March going? Seriously….if you look at the calendar….it’s almost April!

I didn’t get a chance to share last week’s “Around The World Running Blogger Relay Challenge”…but I managed 20km! I was hoping to get another 4k in Saturday but my body was still recovering from a 9k run Friday…so I took it as a sign to rest. So far…including this week, I’ve run 55km this month! Hol-y mol-y!!!

Today’s run was a cold, windy run…and my lungs weren’t too happy after the run šŸ˜¦ whomp whomp

Today was the day, I got to run with my friend, Shannon – a.k.a Iron-woman! We both had busy mornings at work and were running late so all was good. When she arrived she said “Are you sure you want to go out there, it’s pretty windy and cold”? I said yes, we’re going šŸ™‚ Then I noticed the bag she had was the Ironman bag – awesome!

We got dressed …bundled up as it was -6 degrees C but felt like -13 C ….BRRRRRRRRRRRRR! BUT, the sun was out!

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ha ha, I look terrified! It’s more because of the weather then who I am running with. I swear! Missing from photo: face/neck protector

We literally started running the second we were out the door! My poor buddy…Green Garmin…didn’t even have a chance to find a satellite until we were more than half way done the run. So, I mapped my run and it came out as 5.03 km.

After hitting a few cross-walks we were on our way, in the cold and windy yet sun-shining early afternoon temps. The running was good, felt a little quick but then again I’ve been running inside on a treadmill for a while now. We talked about heart rate monitors and testing, running up hills (she gave me two ways of running up hills – a.k.a. how to survive them without looking like you’ve stopped running). We talked about races and a 1/2 marathon group she is coaching, running resources, big wig coaches in Canada and the U.S. that she connects with and running with a buddy. But not just any buddy, someone who runs at the same pace as you and someone who will not challenge you on every run.

We talked briefly about “the plan” to get me on track to a sub 60 and she asked me if I was focused on “performance”. I then proceeded to talk about my running goals for this year (5k sub 30; 10k sub 60 and my second 1/2 marathon).

I had to walk WAY more than normal, not because we were running super fast, but because the hills were actually killing me. I ran most of them but just had to take some breaks and walk. She was happy to run at my pace and walk with me when I needed to.

I was a little nervous leading up to the run, at least on the weekend I was. However, once I got out there with her it was just like going for a run with a friend, a co-worker…someone who shared the same passion with me and was happy to run with me.

I’m excited to see where my “plan” takes me and all the knowledge that I can absorbĀ from her. I learned a lot in such a short amount of time. My lungs felt heavy all afternoon and I sounded like I had a nasty cold – I guess that’s what happens when you don’t run outside consistently. It was a funĀ run and great way to spend my lunch hour.

(Then, we were late for our meeting…..whoops!!!)

What’s the coldest you’ll run in?

How many layers is too many layers for you to go out for a run?

Do you ever sound like you have a cold/funny voice after a run in the cold?