That was a cold run Sunday morning. Air temperature was a balmy 13F at 5am. I didn’t check the wind chill but winds were out of the NW at 10-15 mph. As I do more often than not, I overdressed slightly. It’s always easy to pick the perfect combo after a run is over. In hindsight I would have ditched the Wb shell (as a windbreaker – surprisingly unnecessary) and gone with just the l/s fleece and the compression shirt up top. I love these two new compression shirts I got for Christmas – but they are throwing off my usual cold weather combos because they are so effective at keeping me warm!
This was a nice 4m recovery run in my new Altra Instincts (3rd run in them). They’re not going to be my new favorite shoes. I like them, I just don’t love them. I guess I am hard to please but my favorite shoe is no shoe, although that’s just not an option in this season and/or on pavement. I’m going to be ordering a pair of the new Mizuno Wave Evo Cursoris in the next week or so. I’m thinking those over the Levitas, solely (pun intended) based on wanting a training shoe over a racing shoe at the moment.
Running with a friend is a great way to get going early on a cold morning. There’s no excuses when staying in bed means your running companion is going to be jogging in place at your rendezvous point wondering where you are.
A final thought on cold weather running. My face was COLD heading into the wind – I just had a hat on. Nelson had selected a balaclava (also known as a baklava in my family). I was jealous as we headed north, but he ditched it as headed south. I took the dog out for a short run an hour later and decided to try a balaclava I bought several years ago but never used. We walked for a while on the way out – it was great for that. We ran back, and I felt like someone was holding a pillow over my face. I just could not get enough air. Ellie sets a pretty good pace though when she realizes she’s headed back to see her mommy! (my wife) So, I’ll either be performing surgery on the balaclava or leaving it behind the next time the temps are this low!
I’ll be posting later this week with either a full review of the Instincts or a description of my elliptical/recumbent stationary bike/treadmill long run substitute from Saturday.