The only way to describe my run this weekend .... &%#@*&^ cold!!!!!!!!
16 miles in minus 3°C. Yes, I know it's colder in many parts of the world. But on the BC Coast this is bitter cold. The kind of cold that goes deep in your bones and grips them in ice. You have to be here to understand that -3 here is colder than -8 in say Edmonton. It's a damp cold.
Now, to be honest, the worst part was the first mile and then any time we stopped. Of course, at least half the route was running into a strong, cold head wind and that wasn't all that pleasant either.
Certainly not the most enjoyable run I've ever done (by far) but it's done and over with.
It was too cold to drink very much, but I don't think I lost much through sweat anyway.
Consumed prior to run: toasted english muffin, 2 sl. ham, 1 boiled egg, 1 c black tea, 1 c. peppermint tea
Consumed during run: 1 water bottle filled with Gatorade
Immediately after run: copious amounts of tea, 1 sugar cookie, 3 gingerbread cookies
Approx 2 hours later: turkey sausage and pasta & broccoli alfredo. Not a huge amount of hunger.
Stomach issues: 1 pit stop at the halfway mark. Stomach was a little "off", but no emergencies.
Energy level during run: Pretty low. I could have been talked out of going on this run quite easily and could have bailed at any time with just a slight push. I'm proud that I didn't actually bail and that I went. But honestly it was cold, I was sore, and it was tough to push through. Definitely a mentally challenging run.
Muscles: VERY tight. Had to stop for a stretch in the first mile because my shins felt so tight. I don't know if the cold made it worse, but my legs felt like bricks for most of the run. My dear husband gave them a good rubdown last night and it really seemed to help.
Aftermath: No headache again or complete energy drain. Other than my tight muscles and tenderness I feel good.
Things to try on next long run: In a perfect world I'd get some massage therapy and a new pair of runners. I desperately need both. I think I'm going to have to find a way to make that happen, somehow.
Ideally I'd have a few pairs of runners and then I could switch them for each run, making them last longer and have more recovery time. What I wouldn't give to have a few different styles (and colors). It's no fun trying to pick out shoes when you are on such a limited budget that you can barely afford the one pair of shoes and you know that it's do or die. Whatever shoes you get HAVE to work, there are no options to just get another pair.
These are the one's I have my eye on:
Mizuno Wave Rider 13 (Dark Shadow/Pansy Blazing Orange)