Today was my first day of winter running outside, and the first steps in getting my 5k time under twenty minutes. As I mentioned I was not looking forward to running outside in the winter and figured I would be miserable. It ended up being not so bad. This evening was fairly ‘warm’ only –3C (24F), and the paths were bare and dry.
In preparation of the running I got ready to go here at home instead of at the gym. I have a nice red cold gear under armour shirt that I wear for hockey, but I figured that would be a bit too chilly with just that so I wore a zip up old navy orange hoody over top. On the bottom half I had under armour pants with thin track pants over top then running shoes of course. To go along with all this I had my hat of course and ear muffs and mitts. I thought I looked pretty ridiculous. We failed to take a picture, which actually is kind of sad because it was pretty funny, maybe next time I will be sure to get a shot of it. Suffice to say I looked like a dork.
We ran our 5k which consisted of three laps plus a bit of a route right nearby the gym but we forgot to time it, which in the end is not so bad since Jodi and I were chatting during most of the run, so we were not really pushing for time and all that. A vague time would be about 24 minutes, which is not to bad for a run as I have described it. If I had been concentrating on getting a best time and ended up with ‘about 24 minutes’ I wouldn’t have been too happy.
All in all tonight was a great introduction to running in the Great White North’s winter, I did not freeze, I avoided having snot all over my face, I looked ridiculous. We' will see how it goes from here.