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Temps in the 20s with wind chills in the teens. Snow blowing all over the place, making the roads slippery and visibility reduced severely at times.
And I love running it!
Unfortunately, today is a rest day for me. I'm on full-on training mode for my first full marathon, and I really want to stick to my training plan. Given the fact I've never run more than 15 miles in a single run, let alone 26.2, I do not want to do too much outside my training plan. I'm determined to finish the marathon, and I will.
Temps in the teens, wind chills in single digits and a chance of some flurries. WOOOOOOOO!!!
The cold weather doesn't bother me or worry me. I don't get concerned until the temps are in single digits and the wind chill is below zero. But I had out with some trepidation.
For one, I live in southeastern Kentucky and the drivers here do not do well in snow/icy conditions. I'm sure it's like this elsewhere, but drivers range from the creepers (those who go at a snail's pace) and the speeders (those who act like there is no cause for concern).
My other concern is trying to dodge the patches of ice. Sidewalks do not get salted, so I usually end up running on the road, which puts me alongside the cars. Such fun!
When the roads are bad, I generally stick to the side roads where the traffic is minimal. Also, I don't worry about getting a hill or speed workout in, rather I focus on just getting the miles in. Time/pace does not matter much either. Safety is my utmost concern.
Look, I might be an idiot for running in that mess, but I want to be an idiot who lives to run another day.
When I entered my first winter running season, I wasn't too sure how much running I'd do outside during the winter months. But the more I ran in the cold weather, the more I loved it.
I can't exactly put my finger on it, but I always come back in feeling stronger, empowered from a cold, wintry run. I love pushing and challenging myself, and running in the cold makes me feel invincible.
So, what about you? Do you like winter running? What's your favorite part about it?