Not sure what got into me today, but I actually ran outside!
First, let me tell you that I hate the cold. I hate snow, cold and winter. If I could, I would live somewhere where there were 3 seasons not 4. I don't need to see snow and I certainly don't need the thermometer to go below 50 degrees... EVER!
Second, I despise the treadmill. I REALLY despise traveling and paying to run on a treadmill. Especially since this was how I hurt myself in 2008. It is hard to run on a treadmill even at home, but the lack of roads ever being clear in Ohio and the COLD makes it all I can do until the snow goes away...
So all of the above tells me that today is WEIRD WEDNESDAY!
It was a balmy 18 degrees on the thermometer and I still layered up and went outside. Halfway around my parents neighborhood I remembered just how hilly it is! So here I am running in the freezing cold with layers upon layers on, my hood from my jacket tied around my head and attempting to run hills. Yes hills. Not a hill.
As you leave my parents house, it is a gradual incline to flat, you go around the corner and the down, steep up, steep down, gradual up, steep down and steep up begins! I curse myself for setting a goal to go around 5 times. I tried to talk myself out of it at lap 3, but knew I could make it and knew I would appreciate it later. (I did not realize how far I had run until I did mapmyrun... 4.5 miles. I could have stopped after 4 laps!)
I have always read that you warm up as you run outside in the cold, but lets just say I never reached that point today. A nice warm shower awaited me and I loved it! :)
Did the cold energize me? Yes.
Am I happy I got my run in? Yes, especially now that I know how far I ran!
Do I hate running outside in the cold still?? HELL YES!
It is okay though. I can go enjoy lunch with my nieces and nephews now and go kick all their booties in Just Dance 2!
Have yourself a WEIRD WEDNESDAY!