It takes a mile

When it’s cold outside, it takes me a mile, sometimes a mile and half to feel comfortable with the chill in the air.  I spend that first mile wondering if I dressed appropriately or if maybe I’d be better off going home and getting on the treadmill.  I know that the treadmill is not a good option because most likely I will get bored and press that tempting little red stop button before I reach my intended mileage.

Once I hit a mile and half, I’m feel like I’m the perfect temperature and I actually begin to enjoy the cold air.  I kind of like seeing my breath in the air in front of me.  I like that I don’t feel like I’m dripping in sweat.  However, I don’t like that instead of sweat, it’s my nose that drips.  Gross, I know.

It also takes a mile for my body to warm up and get into the rhythm of my run.  That’s true regardless of the season.  The first mile is always the hardest for me.  I spend most of that first mile wondering how on earth I’ve run 3 half marathons and 2 full marathons.  I wonder why I signed up for a 3rd marathon.  I wonder how I could possibly ever have dreams of running an ultramarathon someday (by someday, I mean years from now).

Shortly after my trusty Garmin gives me the beeping sound that signals I reached a mile, I settle into my run and slowly I start to feel better and better.  The reality that I’ve completed 5 long distance races sets in and I remind myself that I can do this.

I had a particularly challenging run this morning.  I have run 10 miles every single weekend since the Baltimore Marathon.  All of those runs have gone well.  Most of them have been great.  I guess I was due for a bad run today because I sure had one.  I had a busy day yesterday where I barely got a chance to sit down.  I didn’t drink enough water and I didn’t eat enough.  I definitely paid for that today.  Next week will be better!

My long run today wraps up week 1 of marathon #3 training.  My 3 runs this past week all went fairly well.  The most fun one was my 4 mile hill run with Zain (I need a sarcasm font).  I ran up and down the meanest hill I know – a quarter of a mile long – 4 times while pushing Zain in the stroller.  Then I moved onto a short steep grassy hill where I parked Zain at the top and then I ran up and down the hill 10 times.  Zain found that to be hilarious and enjoyed telling me “Hiiiii!” every time I got to the top.  It was tough, but the run actually went by really quickly because I was focused on getting the hills in and not on my mileage or pace.

Enjoying some craisins and water while parked at the top of the hill watching mommy run. He's got it easy.

Today, I was supposed to finish the week with a 9 mile run, but I don’t like odd numbers so I had to go with a 10 mile run instead even though it was tough.

The Winter 100 Challenge kicked off this week and I now have 170 participants sign up! You guys seriously inspire me.  I cannot wait to see how many miles you log as this challenge progresses. How did your week of running go?


  1. says

    You are very inspiring with all the running your do with Zain! I used to push the jogger a lot when my 2nd child was young, even for long runs. But I wimp out now and use the Treadmill. I got pretty used to it when I had to run dark winter mornings while pregnant.

  2. Carolyn says

    You are inspiring and not just the running part. I ran my first 5k on thanksgiving and had turkey cake pops as a centerpiece. I have a really hard time running with my stroller. What kind of stroller do you have?

    • Kristen says

      Thank you so much, Carolyn! I bet your turkey cake pops looked awesome! I just made some Christmas ones this weekend that I need to post. Congrats on your first 5K! Running with the stroller is tough. It’s taken me a long time to get used to it. I have a BOB Revolution.

  3. says

    Nice going on getting in the hills. I learned Chi Running this year – well, I am practising it… and there is a good hill technique so I am finally not afraid of hills…

    I ran twice this week – and walked a LOT.

    Glad you had a good week! Enjoyed making up my spreadsheet for the challenge. Glad you got such good participation, too.
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    • Kristen says

      Gotta love the snot panel on the gloves! I usually have to carry tissues with me on my runs. I stuff them up my sleeves for quick access, lol.

    • Kristen says

      You should try it! I tried it once a few months ago and he freaked out when I stepped away from the stroller. This time, he didn’t mind at all. He thought it was fun!

  4. Tracy says

    I used to totally love the treadmill over outdoor running, but now that situation has flip-flopped. The treadmill is bearable when I have an audiobook or music on my mp3 player…but I didn’t last night and put in 1/2 hr anyway! (I am trying to regard it as mental toughness run w/o music or a book)

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