18 miles (12 outside / 6 treadmill)
2:38 total time
8:48 average pace
It’s freezing here. The wind chill was 19 degrees when I started running (Spring is in the air, huh?). I dressed appropriately and felt warm enough except my gloves got wet really fast. I normally carry a dry pair of gloves but today I didn’t. Big mistake. Around 11 miles, my left hand went from numb and tingly to downright hurting. I knew I needed warm, dry gloves so I ran back to my house which was only a 1/2 mile from where I was. My intention was to grab gloves and head back out. Once I got inside I just headed down to my treadmill for an additional 6 miles. When did I become such a wimp? About 2 months ago I ran in 0 degree weather! Apparently I get a taste of Spring and can no longer hang in cold weather.
This week’s Friday Favorites are all about summer. I’m trying to think warm thoughts since it feels like winter…
– The obvious favorite here is the weather. Give me hot and humid any day! You don’t have to worry about snow, sleet, ice, bitter cold wind, and if it rains, no big deal! Running in the summer rain is refreshing (minus the thunder and lightening).
– I love not having to obsessively stalk weather.com. It’s sunny and warm every day.
– Tanks and shorts are my summer running uniform. No need for tons of layers that take forever to put on.
– Since the sun rises earlier (for you AM runners) and sets later (for you PM runners), you can do longer weekday runs. I love to be out the door at 5:45AM and knock out a medium long run before work (maybe that’s just me though?).
Grilling/Eating/Drinking on the Deck
When Matt and I were looking for a house one of our requirements was for the house to have a deck. We have a deck that is totally private (no sharing hamburgers with the neighbors) and it backs up to trees. We eat out on the deck (and grill) almost every night. On Fridays, we have some
drinks Miller Lites and it is so relaxing.
My parents live at the shore (they retired there) and we love to go down and, again, hang on their deck.
There’s a reason Matt and I got married in the summer! Luckily I have 3 weddings to go to this summer (hi Camille, Wendy, and Amanda)!
What are some of your favorite summertime things?
Uh, a wimp would have just stopped running. Finishing up on the treadmill is still awesome!
I love that you have quality family time on the Jersey Shore. I have such bad connotations with that area now thanks to MTV 🙂
Thanks, I guess that’s true!
I agree, MTV has given the Jersey Shore a bad name! But the show really applies to the North Jersey Shore, not the South Jersey Shore, where most Philly natives have been going to for years! There is a huge difference 🙂
Amanda Kenney says
Thanks for the reminder of warm favorites to come. I needed that on this exceptionally frigid Friday!
Also thanks for the wedding shout-out (127 days!) and for being in a featured pic. Love to see us Mains in the blog.
Off to hit the sports bra close-out sale at The Running Place. If you ever need someone to review supportive gear for the large-chested, I’m your girl!
Apparently everyone else loves the Mains too!
That’s a good idea Amanda….cause I would be of no help in that dept.
I love barbecuing in the summer.
I love taking my dogs to the lake.
I love camping.
and I love love love the HEAT!
Good ones! I forgot about outdoor time with the dog. Nice long walks are the best!
I HATE running in the summer! LOL I am a big baby when its hot… but I also don’t have to deal with snowy winters so there is that 😉
I’m convinced you have perfect weather in the Bay area. I’m so jealous!
I’m having the opposite problem. It’s 85 here today! I’m not complaining b/c I love the nice weather, but why can’t it just be 45-50 degrees with no rain every time I lace up my shoes?!
Nice job on the 18 miles!!
Thanks Jaime. You do have it tough in FL! I don’t envy that warm of weather!
I love doing a long, long early morning run when the sun is still low in the sky in just a tank and shorts, coming back and jumping right into the pool and then getting a cup of tea and relaxing for an hour or so before my shower. God, I can’t wait for summer. . .
You can vacation in your backyard! It’s so peaceful and beautiful!
I love that picture in Santorini – you’re so pretty! I’m trying to think warm thoughts too. Spring keeps almost happening here. Then it’s chilly again. I’m gonna try for my first outdoors run today. It’s gonna be close to -2C (~30F). And I’m excited for grilling! Gonna do some tonight!
Thank you Karen! 30 degrees?! I shouldn’t complain then. Have fun grilling (wear your gloves and hat)!
that pic of you and matt is one of my favs!
I am sooooo over cold weather, it’s ridiculous. I’m in NYC for the weekend and it’s 33 degrees! WTF?
Hopefully Spring is right around the corner… For reals this time.
I agree…last Friday compared to this Friday is just cruel.
Yay for summer!