Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Last night was cold. As in, definitely below freezing cold. I think it was maybe 13oF when I left my house to go running.
I debated about what to wear. Last week when I ran I wore my fleece and was too hot. So this week I wore a short-sleeved top and two long-sleeved tops, a fleece ear band around my neck, a fleece ear band over my ears, tights, shorts, mittens, and long SmartWool socks.
When I arrived at our starting point I looked around and felt woefully underdressed. I was surrounded by ski gloves, balaclavas, and windbreakers. When we stepped out of the store to start running the wind blasted me and I was immediately chilled.
I left the Garmin at home because I didn't want the pressure of trying to keep a certain pace in the cold but I somehow ended up running with one of the faster women. Either she was slowing down to hang with me or I was speeding up to hang with her. I'm not sure which and now I wish I'd had my Garmin.
Either way, we did all 5.5 miles together and most of me warmed up by the end of the first mile. My thighs, however, were like solid blocks of ice and my right knee was stiff for the rest of the night. We talked running tights when we got back to the store at our starting/end point and I proceeded to feel every pair in the place.
I definitely need more tights. The two pairs I have just don't cut it. I see some shopping in my future. What's your favorite piece of workout clothing?