It was in the low 20′s today, with a wind chill that made it feel about 16 degrees F. According to the media, there is supposed to be a blizzard tomorrow so I really wanted to get a run in today.
I dressed in layers, I wore long underwear and a long sleeve wicking shirt. Over that I wore my awesome Nike Fit Dry hoodie and long fleece lined pants. I had the hood up on that shirt. I also wore wool socks, gloves and a headband that covered my ears.
Surprisingly, I was not cold. Once I got going, about a half mile in, I really warmed up nicely. I was sweating a bit, but was not too warm. I really felt good. I ran a 5k around my neighborhood and saw two other runners out as well. Nothing like the threat of a blizzard to get people motivated to get a run in.
The sidewalks and roads were dry with only the occasional icy patch that I could easily avoid. I haven’t run with spikes on my shoes but my husband has a pair that strap on which I may try one day if needed.
I had been contemplating registering for the mid-winter 10 miler in Cape Elizabeth in February but have been concerned about the cold. After today’s run, I think I will be alright in the cold and will most likely sign up for this race. I plan to write out my goals in the next day or two including all the races I plan to run.