I am a very busy girl! Always over scheduled during the work week. Full time job, teach yoga during my lunch break, hit the gym right after work, study for my trainer certification, work on the menus and training schedules of the couple clients I have . . . blah, blah, blah, stuff, stuff, stuff. You know all the blah, blah that we all have (laundry . . .).
BUT, on the weekend I pretend that I am on a short vacation!!! It is my time to sleep in a little later, have breakfast in my jammies, read a little more and PLAY!!! I do not exercise on the weekend . . . I play! This morning I was scheduled for a 4 mile run. It was 12 degrees outside with a couple inches of snow on the ground and a 14MPH wind. Brrrrrrr! Before I could even consider my run, I had to assist my boys with some car issues (more blah, blah). It was sooooo cold while we were working to jump start the car, I actually had to stand behind my son and hold his ears with my gloved hands to keep him warm. Oh, the car was also out of gas, so we were standing outside with a gas can full of gas refilling the vehicle before it could be jump started. (more blah, blah). While we are out there, standing, I'm thinking it is freakin' freezing out here today! I don't know that I own enough layers that would make be feel like running in these conditions.
It is almost lunch time when we finish with the car and I consider for a moment just not running today. Then I remind myself . . . "If you were on vacation at a ski resort, you would love to have these conditions and it would not prevent you from getting out and playing". So, without another thought I started assembling my snow gear and started layering up. I was starting to get excited! This is going to be fun! I have snow to run in! The sun is shining!
I head out on my run and I feel like a little kid. I really don't even do my warm up walk that I usually do. I just ran out the door and kept running. I was certain that all the layers I had on would slow me down, but it really didn't. I was about a mile from the house when I realized I had on one layer too many and took off my outer layer and tied it around my waist. I was bummed I couldn't find my running tights this morning. I'm still not sure where they are. But I had several layers on and felt warm enough.
Ice crystals kept forming on the condensation that I had on my neck muffler. I pull my neck muffler up over my chin, mouth or sometimes all the way up to my eyes, to keep the cold wind off my face. I really prefer being out in the fresh air, even if it is cold. Have I mentioned that I'm a bit of tomboy and love adventure! This is the fun stuff! Weather like this would not have slowed me down when I was a kid! I would have been using my most convincing arguments with my mother to get her to agree that it really isn't THAT cold outside. Surely if I bundle up I can go out to play for an hour!
I snapped a couple pictures for you today! Believe me, they are nothing glamorous! When I go out on a run, it is different then when I go to the gym. I just layer up, doesn't matter what I look like or if anything matches, just get the right gear on to get the job done. Believe me, this is a huge step for me!!! A year ago I wouldn't wear workout clothes that didn't match or look cute. My shoes even had to match! And if I didn't look good, I didn't feel good doing my workout. Now I remind myself that it take a whole lot of ugly in the gym and out on the roads to get to look cute when I dress up for my hubby.
Wool socks to keep my toes toasty!
A Carbona Snowboarding jacket (which I picked up from TJ MAXX a couple years ago) and my Nike running gloves served as my outer layers.
Yak Traks on my running shoes to give me some traction in the snow
Cap and neck muffler (my neck muffler was actually frozen stiff)
Mid layer, a great find at a Nike outlet about 10 years ago! So glad I kept it!
Another thinner midlayer that my hubby got me for Christmas last year.
All sweaty! Right to the core!
My base singlet with my new Road ID bracelet that my hubby got me this Christmas.
Under my running pants I wore my North Face base long johns that I got from TJ MAXX years ago. AND my favorite running bra (Moving Comfort)
And last layer, just to show I was indeed working hard. These are actually called Day Rider Shorts, and they are for bicycling, they really don't have any padding, except a comfy fleece type lining through the saddle area and behind. I felt I needed a little extra coverage today so I grabbed these!
And sadly, this is what I looked like when I was all bundled up and just back from my run. Notice the ice crystals on my hat and muffler. Sorry, I forgot to smile! I was happy though! I had just had an exhilarating run in the great outdoors and I was getting ready to go unlayer and slide into a bubble bath!!!!
Report card on my compliance today:
I ate a cup of potato soup from Cracker Barrel today that was not on my schedule and it took me a little over on my carbs, so I had to dance! Yep, I had to burn off those unscheduled calories.
I did not run the full 4 miles that were scheduled, I ran 3.2 miles, however, the intensity was higher because of the snow, the cold and the amount of gear I was wearing.
I will give myself a B+ for this day. I know what A+ effort looks like and I missed that mark a little today. Even with the dancing I was in the higher end of my calories today.
So, how did you spend your Saturday?