Greeting from Minnesota! Well, the weather didn’t get nearly as brutal as predicted. It’s been in the single digits with on and off wind and mostly light snowfall. Not nearly as bad as they were forecasting last week.
Saturday I helped J with some things at the farm, but I didn’t end up driving anything intimidating and all went well. By mid-day, I was ready to layer on my running clothes. During this run in the middle of winter, it occurred to me that I really looked like a dork. True story. So if you wouldn’t mind looking like a dork too, just follow these easy rules.
Step 1) Plan the run for semi-extreme weather conditions. Heat/ humidity would work, but in this instance I picked a 5 degree January day with intermittent wind/ snowfall.
Step 2) Put on mismatched gear. My combo of bright purple and bright green with navy is ok, but even more colors would be. If it’s winter, you also must have some sort of face or neck warmer. Mine is that thin black thing that makes me look like I’m bald and have a huge neck.
Step 3) A waterbelt is a must to look like a true running nerd. Granted I wore mine underneath my fleece ( because I didn’t think I could strap it over my fleece). In addition to giving the impression of massive love handles, I’m sure it looked really weird when I reached under my top for a water bottle.
Editor’s note – normally I don’t take water on runs this short, but I had visions of being out longer and I was also feeling really dehydrated all morning for some reason.
Step 4) Have some sort of injury or ailment. While this isn’t required, it really helps the nerd quotient when you’ve got to stop and contort yourself into a pretzel to stretch some tight muscle. For me, my top left leg/ sort of groin area was still bothering me, and my attempts to compensate for this probably made me look akin to a waddling penguin whenever I encountered a hill. Ouch.
Step 5) Lose your GPS signal. Of course this only applies if you use a GPS watch or phone. Actually my whole phone just shut down at about mile 4.5. The battery was fine, but I’ve noticed on several other cold weather runs that my phone just dies after 30-45 minutes when the temps are cold enough. Grrr. Madly pressing buttons and holding the power switch doesn’t accomplish anything at that point. It does help you look a little strange, and I guess that’s what we’re going for.
Step 6) Eyelash icicles. Remember back in step 2 when I said you need a neck warmer or face mask? Well, that baby isn’t just for style (or function) alone. It will actually help you achieve frozen eye lashes if you pull it up over your mouth and nose. I really tried to get a picture of my stellar eyelash icicles, but they melted off before my phone had warmed up enough to function. 😦
I probably have other steps that I’m forgetting, but these should get you off to a grand start. If everything goes well, you may look almost the same at the end of your run as you did at the beginning.
I’m calling this run 6 miles at 10:30 pace. I had hoped to run at least 8, but my leg was aching and after my phone died I just decided it was a sign to head home. I don’t think I did any permanent damage because it’s actually feeling better today.
Now for the food part…
After your run you’ll need some tasty nourishment. If you’re like me and decide you want lasagna for supper, that’s great. Bake up a tasty pan covered with extra cheese.
Except what’s a girl to do when she’s going to be at the farm the 3 hours before supper, and she doesn’t want to wait for the lasagna to bake when she gets home?
Crockpot Lasagna from food.com of course! (I never knew you could do this, but clearly you can because it turned out fabulous 🙂 ) The only downside? Scrubbing the crock pot afterward.
Please feel free to share your own tips for looking like a dork while running. I’m expecting some good ones.