I wasn’t always a wuss when it comes to cold weather.
I didn’t always set my heat to 74º.
I used to be that idiot that was wearing shorts when it was snowing. I’d maybe get some goosebumps, but I was rarely cold.
Then I lost a bunch of weight. And now I’m that girl that is always cold.
What’s all that really mean? It means that training for a marathon through the winter scares the crap out of me. And the past few days, with the temperatures in the 20s and the wind blowing at 20 MPH, had me really regretting signing up for the National Marathon.
I’ve read the blogs that say less is more when it comes to clothing and that cold temperatures are not the end of the world. Liz assured me that you really do adjust to the temperatures. I wanted to believe that. I just didn’t think I could.
Today, however, I believe all that.
I can train for a marathon despite the frigid temperatures. You really don’t need to dress like an Eskimo to get through a run, even if it is 19º outside.
What happened? This week’s long training run happened today. In the 19º weather, with light winds. Seven miles of me and the road. An hour exposed to the elements (which today was really just the temperature). And I did it.
I wore a pair of tights, a t-shirt, long-sleeve tech shirt and a half-zip from Old Navy. Plus a pair of $1 gloves and a fleece ear-warmer headband. To be honest, I needed another pair of gloves for the first 3 miles. My hands felt twice as big as normal and very numb. But other than that, I wasn’t cold. I wasn’t miserable.
I was happy. I felt great. And I ran the longest distance I’ve run in ages (I usually stop at 10K).
I have conquered you cold.