Wednesday, February 23, 2011

A Little Brisk

I make it a point to never look at the thermometer before I got for a run, especially in the winter.  I like to run in complete ignorance of how cold it is so I don't get that creeping dread of my upcoming run - or even worse, the popping up of the dreaded excuse demon.  It is just another one of the many mental games I play on myself that seems to work to get my lazy butt outside.

This morning was no exception.  I got up early, got dressed in my running tights, two mid-weight layers, a hat, and a thin wind breaking jacket.  This is my normal winter running wear, unless it is really cold.  When it is really cold, I wear...more. 

In my head, it was pretty warm out, I was thinking it had to be at least 15 degrees, if not warmer.  I stepped on the porch (THE PORCH) and was smacked in the face by bitter cold. I thought, well, I guess I should put on another layer, it seems pretty cold.  I grabbed my mini puffy coat (as opposed to the big puffy coat.  I have a thing for puffy coats), and put up the hood and headed out. 

Holy crap.  I was freezing.  I usually start out on the cool side of comfort, but this was kind of ridiculous.  Never wearing gloves unless it is below zero (in my head) I shoved my hands up in the jacket and began my run up the hill in town, figuring I will warm up as I always do. 

When I run, all sorts of things float through my head in a kind of stream of consciousness type conversation with myself (this is why I can't deal with iPods, how am I supposed to listen to the voices in my head AND Eminem?)  On this mornings run, basically the conversation in my head went something like, "F its cold.  My eyelashes are frozen.  F its cold. My left butt cheek is cold. F F F F F WTF?" for about 3.2 miles (for a great of Mainer's take on the weather, listen to this - the video that goes with it isn't worth watching, but Maine comedian Bob Marley nails it).

I finally came through the door and looked at the thermometer. 

Oh.

-5.

In the sun. 

No wonder my left butt cheek was cold. 

30 comments:

DRog said...

ugh
way to get out the door
I had the same conversation with myself last Friday morning on a brick run, and mailed it in.

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Julie said...

THAT is way too cold to run in, but speaking of cold left butt cheeks...You gotta check out what happened to me yesterday.
It reminded me a slight bit of your swimsuit problem from weeks ago.


You are AWESOME for braving the elements. I love being outdoors, but YOUR run today takes the cake!

Happy Feet 26.2 said...

I was wondering how you know what to wear, but I guess you know it's COLD - in Maine - duh!

I've already started complaining about the heat in the South. I had hill repeats this evening and it was 77 degrees - slowed my hill repeat avg by 15 seconds - NOT cool!

Mark said...

What is the deal with your left butt cheek? I mean, how is it your right butt cheek managed to stay toasty, or at least far from frostbite?

You are way more macho than me. It just takes me far too long to get everything on to go out there for a run in cold weather. Plus, I value both of my butt cheeks.

LB said...

Holy crap that's cold...you're one bada$$ chick!

Jon said...

I love Bob Marley (the comedian)!! The first time I heard him I KNEW he was from Maine. Can't mistake thaaaut accent. ;) Uh, yuh!

Dang thats cold! Old Man winter I think is having one last GO before he goes back to bed.

TreeMapper said...

Mandy I wish I had some of what ever you got that lets you run in that kind of weather....

JohnP said...

I despise the excuse demons. They stalk me.

I'm glad you didn't turn back! Way to tough it out! I'm not sure about the whole puffy jacket thing lol. Cute, but I guess it's more important to look good rather than be comfortable? :) Dont they get wet from sweating? Or do gurls not sweat? Oh I get it now.... lol :)

One Crazy Penguin said...

Wow. Kudos for getting out in that. No wonder your bum was freezing!

Jeff - DangleTheCarrot said...

You are amazing Mandy! I know feel bad complaining because it was 82 and humid here today )-:

Tough Chik said...

Wow, very impressive. I am so spoiled here in Southern California. I will never complain about running in the cold again! Ahhh...who are we kidding, I will complain.

I found you through Jen @ Miles, Muscles & Mommyhood. I call my dog Muttly too! I thought I made it up. Guess I am not as original as I thought! ha ha ha :)

Annie said...

Wow, is all I can say. Hopefully Bailey snuggled with you when you were done to warm you up!

Chris K said...

I am so glad I don't live in Maine, cuz there is no way I could be The Manly Runner there. Shoot, did I accidently call you Mindy. Typo.

Jamoosh said...

68 degrees; 94% humidity; cool breeze. No wonder my left butt cheek was warm this morning...

:-)

Detroit Runner(Jeff) said...

Way to get out there. Even I would take the treadmill at that cold!

Matty O said...

I don't run outside if its under 20F. Because the windchill is typically 0F. SO, I will bike on my trainer those days haha.

I feel the only gain at that point is frost bite and mental toughness :)

Way to go puffy coat girl :)

ONEHOURIRONMAN said...

I love your comment "this is why I can't deal with iPods, how am I supposed to listen to the voices in my head AND Eminem?".

You know if you listen to Beach Boys "Kokomo" on an iPod it is worth about 15F just because of the warm fuzzy feeling you get.

Christi said...

You are a madwoman! Congrats on tackling the cold!

Big Daddy Diesel said...

And you call me nuts for riding in the 30's!!!

She said I need a goal said...

You are awesome.. I am a fair weather trainer for sure but I'm getting better. The weather tonight is going to suck but I have group training tonight so I have to show up.

Runners Fuel said...

That is so cold. you are tough for running in the winter!

Colleen said...

Holy crap you are brave! I don't run if it's below 30! :)

Anne-Marie said...

You are so hardcore! Way to go!

Ironman By Thirty said...

Haha! That clip (and your post) were hilarious!

We don't get below 0 often, but it happens. Single digits are more the norm and that is F-ing cold enough for me.

Jason said...

How is it that it was only the left butt cheek? How can both not have been affected? You did an out and back so eventually both were in the sun....I am confused by this.

Hey--- you got the run done didn't you? Soldier you are STOTAN!

Meredith said...

You are "f-ing" hardcore!

Glenn Jones said...

I just cannot fathom running in those conditions.

Bryan Payne said...

Did I understand correctly, you had no gloves and ran with your hand in your jacket???

B

CouplaHounds said...

Believe me when I say this: I COMPLETELY understand!! Bring on spring!!

sim only said...

Wow. Kudos for getting out in that. No wonder your bum was freezing!