I would love it if all our autumn/ winter days were like this. It was totally freezing today (so cold on the playground) but at least the sun was out. After work I fuelled up with a clif bar, wrapped up nice and warm (my new thoosa running tights yay, craft top, gloves, earwarmer headband thing, rain jacket) and headed out for a lovely run. The moon and stars were so bright- this was at about half 5! Still there were cars without lights on (madness) and several times when crossing I had to wait as I thought cars would turn, even though they didn’t indicate, and it was lucky as each time they turned. Grrr.
Anyway, I managed just under 5 miles in 52 minutes. I did about a mile uphill nice and slow to warm up, and then picked up the pace for the rest of it- just under ten min miles for the middle part. Because it is dark now there is a loop near my house which is well-lit, but it does mean running around in circles- 2 big loops and one smaller loop today. There were lots of people out- quite a few runners. Which reminds me- I always smile at other people when I am out, and I get annoyed when people don’t acknowledge me (even a nod is fine if you are out of breath or whatever), but I was loving it the other week- I was coming up to a guy running the other way, and not only did he smile, but he also did a massive wave! How friendly is that?
Anyway, I stayed a nice temp (well, it took about 15 minutes for me to warm up as it was so cold- my toes and legs were chilly!) – I did not need to take my jacket off although I never mind having stuff tied around my waist.
Even a few hours later my cheeks still feel rosy 🙂 I really enjoyed the run today- very invigorating.
My fave piece of running kit for the winter has to be my ear warmer- I don’t get on with hats as there is no-where for my massive ponytail to go, plus they make my head a bit hot. But my ears used to get so cold (as I am going so fast the wind just rushes by haha) so the ear warmer is perfect. It also means I use normal earphones (as oppose to the sports style ones) as the ear warmer holds them in place. And, extra bonus- keeps all the straggly hairs and fringe out of my face much better than the millions of hair clips I usually use! So, fave piece of winter running kit?