I was HORRIFIED when we saw this view out our patio door this morning!
Snow before Halloween is just plain unacceptable. Plus, I can’t tell you how many times people have promised me up & down that Denver winters would be milder than Minnesota’s 8 months of frozen wasteland. Haha.
Even now as I’m typing this, I can’t believe it. Something got into me, and I decided to go for a run outdoors!! Weird, right? I had a lazy gym run planned – Sleepless in Seattle was on tv! But I randomly decided to brave the elements.
I wore the hood up on my Lululemon jacket the entire time! I didn’t even know it was raining until I was already out there. I can’t believe how long it takes me to suit up for cold weather. I think it was about 38 degrees and rainy when I made it outside.
The sidewalks were pretty wet so my feet got soaked first! Yuck! This was my closest to an unplugged outdoor run ever. I’m sorry. I don’t love to just “enjoy the scenery” and stay in tune with my breathing, blah, blah, blah! I know that’s really good for some people, but seriously, if I don’t have my Garmin – I don’t want to run outdoors. If I don’t know how far I ran, I can’t log it, which means I might as well not even run! Haha. Don’t even ask me what the value of accumulating mileage is when I’m not even training for anything. And none of my friends are really runners so bragging rights are minimal.
But anyways, it was so cold that I wanted to keep my sleeve over Garmin. And my iPhone was starting to get wet so I had to keep it zipped up in my pocket – no song switching! That’s the closest I’ll get to an unplugged run. Even when I run with Kevin, I play music over my iPhone speakers! Seriously, I can’t help it. A little Pitbull makes an uphill climb bearable.
I can multi-task a little though! Look at the pretty leaves!
Poor snowed-in flowers!
When I finished I walked into the gym downstairs to get some water. Also to show the lazy people in the gym who’s boss. I bet that guy on the elliptical felt like a loser after he saw me – the outdoor warrior! Just kidding, but I did feel pretty awesome. Lol. I came home completely soaked. Kevin James was definitely keeping his distance, and I was just beet red from head to toe.
Here are my Garmin splits, mainly because I’m super proud of my (almost) negative splits! Mile 3 was only 10 seconds slower despite a pretty significant gain in elevation so I’ll count it!
Close enough, right? My plan when I went out the door was to run “more than a 5k.” That plan eventually turned into “run one hour.” I have no idea how my hyper little brain got from Point A to Point B, but it worked for me. I’m really proud that I broke into the 7’s during my last two miles! I think it’s because I was getting cold. By that point whenever I was going into the wind I was freezing because I was so wet.
Warning — blood ahead!
I had a little surprise when I took off my shoes. I literally had NO IDEA!
I noticed the sock first. And then I looked at my foot…..
Isn’t it weird that I didn’t feel a thing. I mean, I literally had no clue my toe was bleeding. I’m not really sure what caused it! There’s no blister. I must have just cracked the nail. I noticed that toe was ugly the other day, but it must have been really irritated today! Good thing I still have some Disney Princess band-aids.
I was starving when I got back so I scarfed two pieces of leftover buffalo chicken lasagna! I probably ate back the majority of the 828 calories I burned on my run. Lol.
Kevin is working on his final paper for his business class! I really hope his next class involves less paper-writing! I’ve been banished to the bedroom since I can’t stop talking to him. Which is why you’ve been treated with the play-by-play of my run.
Next week I actually WILL be in Minnesota!! I have no gym there so here’s hoping for nice weather! It’ll probably be nicer there than it was here today! Kevin and I are staying an entire week! I’m so excited! I might even get to go to one of my nerdy little brother‘s cross country meets! And maybe we will even get to go to Kwik Trip!!!!
Do you prefer to workout outdoors or indoors? I’m totally 50/50 on that one. I prefer to run indoors because I am naturally an indoor person. But outdoors tends to be a tougher workout. Plus I am tempted to stop less because I just want to get home. I guess if I’m alone, I prefer the gym. If I have a running buddy, I like the outdoors.
What’s the best part of winter? I’m just asking that question to cheer myself up. My favorite part is just the holiday season. I loooove Thanksgiving and Christmas!! So. Much!!
Do you like to run unplugged? No. How can I keep up the intense competition (against myself) if I don’t know my distance and my mile splits? Haha. And I just need the music. I know some people like to think, but music helps me think and work out my problems. Especially Avril Lavigne. ;)