I only had a couple of miles on the books today. Actually – let me digress right here in the first sentence – I don’t even have a “book” going right now. I stopped using any kind of a training schedule last year when I wasn’t sure what each day would bring me, and I haven’t gotten back to it yet. I like keeping it loose and deciding before I go to bed what I’ll have time for the next day. Don’t get me wrong, I always plan for a run, but I like to stay flexible as to exactly what day I’ll do what mileage. I have a little calendar I keep on my desk and I’ve noodled out approximate weekly mileage and long run goal mileage for the next few months. So it’s not like it’s completely unplanned. It’s just that I’m being a little loosey-goosey with the daily details.
Anyway. Four miles on my mental book today.
I went to work at 5 am, like I do, and I worked two one-hour bootcamps, until 7 am. It was pretty cold this morning (45F degrees) for standing around while other people were exercising. Here’s what I had on:
Starting from the bottom:
- My thickest pair of Injinjis
- Another pair of regular socks
- Altra Intuitions
- Running capris
- Yoga pants
- Running tank top
- Short-sleeved running shirt
- Medium-weight jacket (medium for California standards – probably pretty light for other places)
- North Face ThermoBall jacket
- Thick running gloves
- Running buff
I was so cold after the two hours of work that I had to sit in my car with the heater on for a few minutes before I could go for my run. But even so, I peeled off my outer pants (not to be confused with underpants), my second pair of socks, and both jackets. I added some running sleeves, but knew they wouldn’t stay on long. This is what I wore to run:
|Does this outfit make me look flat?|
It was way too much clothing! The arm sleeves were off by Mile 1 and the buff came off by Mile 2. I totally wanted to take off the top shirt, but I had to pee really bad and didn’t feel like stopping and wasting time. The capris made me crazy. If I hadn’t been at work before the run, I would have been wearing shorts or a skirt.
And yet, while I was out, I saw several other runners who were bundled up as though we live in the Tundra. Long-sleeved shirts with big jackets, tights with overshorts, thick hats. What is that?
I’m not generally a warm-blooded type – I complain about being cold when I’m at home and the heater is on. And I definitely used to wear more clothing on winter runs, but the older I get, the less I wear. It’s funny, because UltraIronHubs used to head out in cold weather with practically nothing on, but these days he layers up like I would dress my babies when they were little. Middle age is a funny time.