Someone asked me last week in the comments what the coldest I have ever run in was. I often get comments about how impressed people are that I am still running outside no matter the weather. I used to make the same comments and I actually thought that running outside in super cold weather was dangerous. I have learned that I was wrong.
The coldest I have run in so far is –32 Celsius. It was –40 with the wind chill. I haven’t had the opportunity to run in anything colder. I haven’t set a limit for myself. The cold doesn’t really keep me from running. What would keep me from running outside is if the sidewalks were impassable (either too icy or covered with a lot of snow.) So far I haven’t had to run on those days. I have cold weather gear and grips for my runners.
I have found that I actually enjoy the cooler weather when I am running. I am warm but I don’t get too hot. I realized that this winter I don’t feel as trapped. I get outside and run no matter what. It is freeing. I am waiting for spring like everyone else but I don’t need it to be spring for me to go outside.
Now to the resolutions -- Last month I had a more difficult time with healthy eating and exercising. I got my runs in but even when I had time I didn’t go back to strength training. I learned a couple of things. The first is that when I have a busy period, I need to prepare for a little beyond the busy period. I had food prepared for two weeks. I thought I would just get right back into the rhythm as soon as it was over. I didn’t. My worst eating week was the week AFTER things settled down. Oh well, lesson learned.
I have worked out three times every week but I wasn’t able to get the forth time in and I only did my strength training once. That was partially because I was tired but also because I needed to listen to my body. I couldn’t add more to my workout yet. I am going to try again this week.
Statistics for February:
Healthy meals – 76% (I actually had several days where I didn’t write anything down. I assumed those were 0 healthy meals… so maybe I hit 80 % and didn’t even know it)
Workouts – only one week with four workouts but every week with at least three
Time with friends – 6 outings