Greetings from Minnesota. You can nearly taste winter in the crisp chill of the air, and you can definitely feel it numbing your fingers and toes!
It seems like forever since J and I have done something social with friends, so last night after farm chores it was great to do some catching up with a few friends. No new calves last night and no unexpected mishaps, so we were even mostly on time. Bowling was the plan – which I haven’t done in years. While none of us were very good, it’s totally entertaining to watch people’s different bowling strategies 🙂 I managed a 119 and a 139, which means bowling last night went better for me than most contact sports.
Today, I think I did a record number of laundry loads. Exciting, huh? Cold weather means more layers of barn clothes, running clothes… really every kind of clothes. We also got a lot of end of season work done in our woods and yard. I don’t think we’ll really quit “end of season” stuff until the snow is too deep to continue, and so it goes.
It was cold, but a good day for a run this morning. I knew while I ran I would stew about all the things I should be doing instead of running. So, I got a few things done before I headed out, like starting some laundry. (not exactly like the temps would get too warm if I waited until late morning.) When I got back home I started doing some more of the things I should have been doing; such as helping J outside…and more laundry.
As for the run – about 19 degrees, 8 miles at a moderate/unknown pace. My GPS totally went on the fritz, and when I finished it said I’d done almost 9 miles at 6:55 pace. Yeah; not quite. Probably about 9:55. It’s still challenging to dress right for the weather, but I stayed mostly comfy with 3 layers on top and a good pair of tights. I looked like a weirdo; I’ll have to get brave and post a picture of one of my mismatched winter running get-ups.
I like cooler weather runs, but right now I’m still adjusting. I try to sternly remind myself that freezing is better than 90 and humid. But when my fingers are numb, it’s easy to forget!
What’s your favorite temp/weather for a long run?
Have you been bowling recently? Do you enjoy it?