Double Digits

Written by abbynormally
January 5th, 2014

Greetings from my couch! The Pens are playing and the baby is napping. I read a bit of And the Mountains Echoed, tried to nap, and now find myself blogging. Sundays are pretty epic.

And speaking of epic, yesterday was my first long run of marathon training 2.0 (or is it 3.0?). You all may find me crazy, but it was perfect for a long run.












I love to run in the winter. Sunny and mid to high 20s. Are there any other cold weather runners out there? I also love dressing for winter runs, for some reason. My rule of thumb is to dress like it’s 10 degrees warmer.

So for 20s-30s (dry) temps, here’s my gear:

Under Armour cold gear Running tights (can’t find a link to ones I have)
Oiselle long sleeved shirt
hooded sweatshirt (a Pitt one!)
Brooks ear warmers
Swiftwick socks

I also wore a scarf, but I ditched it and my gloves halfway through my run. And this was the first time I wore the Swiftwick socks, and I was so impressed. I wear Brooks PureFlows and so they are thin and light and since I was running in some snow, my feet usually get wet–and blisters. I am happy to report that I have no new blisters! I think I need to get a few more pairs.

I ran ten miles with an average pace of 8:43/mile. I ran the first 8 miles very conservatively (8:52), and the last 2 miles at a harder pace (7:49). I have learned that if you don’t train yourself to finish strong, you won’t do it in a race. Adrenaline means very little if you don’t train the way you want to race. Especially after 26 miles… you simply can’t count on adrenaline.

I felt amazing and recovered very quickly. I don’t know if that’s a sign that I can go harder or longer, or that I’m just in decent shape. For now, I’m going to err on the side of caution. I don’t want to get burnt out so I’ll save my harder exertions for the track (er, treadmill?) workouts.

I topped  off my 25+ mile week  with a green smoothie in my new personal sized blender! Coconut water, spinach, banana, strawberries and chia seeds. Unfortunately the blender may be “personal” but the smoothie is, in fact, not.












There was one detrimental outcome of run….my beloved Garmin Forerunner 305 will be laid to rest. It has been “fully charged” (or so it tells me) and yet within four miles, it gives me the low battery warning. And it completely shut off around 8.75 miles. I actually saw it die because I was running up a hill and wanted to see how fast I was going and I watched it shut off. Which sucked. BUT on the plus side, I ordered a Forerunner 10!












Ain’t she a beaut?!

I think I will still use my 305 for shorter workouts because I can program it for fartleks and yasso’s and things of that sort. But for other runs, all I really want to know is my average pace and my distance, so the FR10 will be the perfect companion. It’s also significantly smaller than the 305, so I think it’ll be nice to not be carrying a desktop PC (circa 1995) on my wrist. It should arrive on Tuesday! But Tuesday’s forecast is calling for the possibility of negative degree temperatures, so I probably won’t be using it for another day or so.

Well the baby is up and the Pens are losing. So, Abby out.

What’s your favorite item of running gear?  My FR305  ::sniff::

What’s your favorite weather to run in? Anything in the 20s or 30s so long as there is no rain. Snow is perfectly acceptable.


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3 Responses to “Double Digits”

  1. I’m glad to you see you are blogging again as well! I like the look of the new Garmin! I just got a fitbit–still deciding if I like it or not! :)

    We should hang out soon!

  2. Amanda Share says:

    I just started reading And The Mountains Echoed last night!!! I love his books! You are so much more motivated than me right now. I really need to get back out there and start training again!

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