In Central Massachusetts, we got anywhere from 2-6 inches of snow overnight. I had planned to out for 4-5 five miles today, and I wasn't about to let the snow and ice deter me. With the Freezer Five just 3 1/2 weeks away, I thought today was a perfect opportunity to test layering; how I would feel in the cold, how I would tread on ice.
I'm still trying to figure out the appropriate layering strategy. If anyone reading has any tips, feel free to share them! This morning I geared up with some old Hind tights, some compression shorts, and a pair of old gym pants. On top, I had a tech wick shirt, long sleeved t-shirt, sweatshirt & windbreaker. I donned a vented ski-mask and gloves. Believing the axiom "rather be hot than cold", finally, I threw on my wind-breaker. With my green hood and mask, I looked as if MF Doom had taken up snow-shoeing.
I headed out for a familiar 4 mile road route near home. It is an out and back with a few very low grade hills. The roads were pretty empty (around 7:50am) so I felt safe enough to avoid the ice that had gathered up on the banks, and run in the road, only occasionally moving over. I encountered maybe a handful of drivers. Since I knew I'd be road running, I decided to ditch the headphones in favor of safety. This had an unexpected, zen-like effect.
I had forgotten how fantastic it can be to just get out there and run. Without the pounding beat of a soundtrack, the lap-splits. Without checking my pace or hearing the iPhone alert me with a text message or e-mail. Just me and the cold, empty road. The wintry wonderland around me. The sound of my shoes hitting the pavement and the swoosh of my wind-breaker, my breathing and heart beat - the perfect soundtrack in the otherwise silent winter morning.
I ended up shedding the mask about half-way through the run. And, I was probably a bit too warm with the sweat-shirt. But if the Freezer Five is any colder than today, it's good to know I can run with all of this extra bulk.
This layering in the cold seems like it is going to take some practice.
Until next time: run, run, run.