Running in the cold – you may not be as fast as you feel you are.

Last night I got out of work earlier than usual.  That worked out quite nicely as I got to run in the light!  I went with one less layer this time, no under-armour on the top.  I regretted that for the first mile or so. I never hit the point that I was “warm,” but I was  not “cold.”  I think I may stop messing with WHAT to wear,  I seem to have it figured out now.

I felt good out there last night, I was trying to concentrate on lifting my legs and letting them drop the whole way. I tried to lift them as soon as they hit the ground – as the POSE book said, and I felt like I was FLYING!  I also quickly understood why the book says you need to focus on building your core muscles. I could feel it BIG TIME.  When I got back – I was a little disappointed at my time.  I felt like I was doing at MOST an 8 minute mile.  This was slower than I ran at the beginning of November.  Regardless of that, it was a good run – and my calves/legs are feeling it this morning.  A little bit of soreness always lets you know it was a good workout! 

I have been able to find charts on how heat/humidity affects your speed while running, but thus far – No charts for cold.  I was hoping I could blame it on that.

My son asked me if he could come run three miles with me this week. I don’t know that he will be able to – as he is preparing for the Parlor City Boys’ Chorus concert on friday, but I figure I will take him out with me on saturday. (to hear them, click the YouTube video at the end in my “Holiday Carol a-day” theme!)  He has been really digging our working out to “EA Active 2″ together, and wants to do more.  How awesome is that?

I am also starting to get my race schedule for next year together.  It isn’t written in stone yet, but it is starting to shape up.  Feel free to click the link and check it out.  You are even welcome to friend me on Daily Mile!  I could always use some Motivation!

Today’s Holiday Carol is “Ding Dong Merrily on High” as Performed by the Parlor City Boy’s Chorus at the Phelp’s Mansion on 12/11/11.


I run, because I am a runner. Having realized that I have always "been a runner" - even when I went years with out running, I am learning how it has integrated itself in all aspects of my life. When I started running in highschool, my perspective on life changed. Funny that I didn't realize how much it had affected it until just recently.

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4 comments on “Running in the cold – you may not be as fast as you feel you are.
  1. Candice says:

    Awesome choir!

    So cool he wants to run three miles with you. That is quite the goal. And nice run, even if it was slower than you hoped. I love cold weather runs!!

    • He says thank you for the compliment! I will put up video next week of the concert on Friday. The videos I am posting this week were more like a “Dress Rehearsal” for the coming concert!

      I am finding I really enjoy the cold weather runs.. Not giving up enjoying the warm weather though!!!

  2. love the choir! 🙂 and im gonna go check out the Daily Mile as well; looks like you’ve got some good ones there so far! as for the cold running…well ive found that im faster than i think i am when im running out in the very…VERY cold, lol. im sure it has something to do with the fact that i want to get back to my car and out of the chilly air asap. still prefer cold running to warm running any day though!

    • I really like Daily Mile. I have used that to track my history and look for my injury trends. If CardioTrainer sync’d with it – it would be perfect!! I have debated “Friending” some of the bloggers I see on it. But they run WAAAAY more than I do.

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