Today I decided to go for my first time run, while it was snowing out. When I started off, it was the snow coming down was very light. I decided to wear my SwitchVision amber colored sunglasses to keep the snow out of my eyes, and I'm glad I did. They are great for running and I can't say enough about them. The coolest part is the rubber nosepiece doesn't get so cold and hurt my nose like all the others. Besides that, the lenses are magnetic and pop in and out interchangeably. If you would like to know more, here's the link: Switch Vision
I have been trying out the Jeff Galloway half marathon program, and I have to say that I love it! I have it currently set for 2 mins of running per 1 min of walking. You can hear Jeff giving you pointers and help along the way. It's almost like having a friend running alongside you but you dont have to worry about matching his/her pace. The other nice thing I like about this program is that you can set the music to match the running pace you have chosen. Yes, it makes some songs speed up a bit, but they dont really sound distorted, so it hasn't bothered me a bit. I like having the speed up/slow down of the music to guide my steps.
When finished you have a nice graph with all your info on it. For example, today it showed me that I ran 2.63 miles in 36.23 mins. Calories burned were 433.94, (too bad I put them right back in by going straight to Starbucks afterward, hahaha). That was roughly 12.05 calories burned per minute. My average speed was 4.3 mph, which was 13.9 min/mi pace.
Since I took the whole month of December off after my surgery, I am still playing catch up. My legs lost a fair amount of strength during that time. I also am finding that my shins are hurting quite a bit after each run. That is quite disappointing, as I worked so hard last summer to get them strengthened up. Looking ahead at my race schedule, I have two Virtual races for charity in March, then my first local race is in April. I have plenty of time to get back what I lost in December.
As I mentioned in the beginning, today was snowing when I ran. It was ok, not my best run by far, as I was too busy wiping my nose every other minute and trying to see through my glasses which kept fogging up. But all in all, I got out and did it and that's what counts. I also have learned that for me, gloves just aren't enough. I have never been able to wear gloves at all in the wintertime, as my fingers get so numb from the cold. I normally have to wear mittens. Today I thought I could get by with just gloves, but that was a mistake. I'll choose more wisely next time.
As I was running along, I got a text msg from one of my kids. I was expecting a "hurry up and bring lunch" message, but this was what I got. Luke and Flint playing wolf pack, lol.
Have a great week everyone!