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Sunday, January 6, 2013

"I can't run in the cold!"

Have you ever said that before? Well, I have!
 This past July was when I started getting serious about running. I started my half marathon training, and never missed a day. But I've always wondered what I would do in the winter. Because I can't run in the cold! I doubt there is anyone who hates cold more than me. I figured I would just spend the winter running on my treadmill. I don't mind that, but I just don't think I can do 10+ miles on there! So I really didn't know what to expect this winter.
  New Years Day, it was 35 degrees. I said I can't run in that, it's just too cold. But I'd never actually tried. I knew I needed to just TRY it, before I could honestly say I can't do it. 
So, I did. And it was awesome. I loved it! I ran 13 miles, faster than ever before! 

Saturday morning I woke up to 25 degrees! 
Again, I knew I couldn't say I can't do it, if I don't at least try!
So I put on a long sleeve shirt, pants, a jacket, my hat and gloves, and I went out there and ran 10 glorious miles! It was wonderful!
 Last week the only part of me that got cold were my toes, that was wearing my Injinji socks. This time I wore my Swiftwick socks. They kept my feet warm the whole time! Super happy!!

So, let me encourage you, YOU CAN DO IT! If someone who despises cold weather as much as I do, can do it, you can too. 

  You guys know how I was struggling on Friday with my juice fast (Day 9, of 21). Well, Saturday night I decided to eat something. My honey and I went to Bonefish Grill. I'd never been there before!
 I got Tilapia, steamed veggies and spaghetti squash.
It was soooo good. But my stomach was sooooo not happy with me. I will spare you the details, but let me just say I spent a lot of time in the bathroom about an hour after eating.
 Honestly, I was surprised it affected me that way. It's not like I ate a big burger with fries! (Yuk)

But, I am back on my juice diet today and plan to finish it out! I'm not stopping, just had a little snafu! 
 I SO appreciate all of your comments and encouragement, and just telling me to listen to my body and don't worry about what people may think. You guys are seriously awesome, and I'm SO thankful for y'all!

How was your weekend? 
Do you mind running in the cold?



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  1. Getting out the door is the hardest thing for me in the cold, usually I warm up really quickly. Except when there is ice, that's not much fun! Yay for getting out there!

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    1. I would not like to run in ice either. Knowing me, I would fall down! I think I would just stick with the treadmill!

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  2. Getting out the door is definitely the hardest part for me, followed by waiting around in the cold for my Garmin to find a signal (which always feels like it takes longer in the cold).

    I've been to Bonefish a few times and have really liked it. I'm sorry it didn't agree with you! Maybe it was just too much coming off the juice fast? I don't have any experience with fasts, but I would think when you finish it might be a good idea to introduce regular food back in slowly. Hopefully you won't get sick that way.

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    1. I think getting out the door is the hardest part too. But after I do, I'm glad I did it!
      I think it probably was too much, after only having juice for 9 days. I need to figure out how to break a fast, when I'm done. Don't wanna go through that again!

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  3. I actually really like cold running! I would take freezing over 70 degrees anyday :) Even though you broke your fast, I think you made a really great dinner choice! Sorry your tum didn't agree :/ Your determination and will power is very motovating to me!

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    1. I'm learning that I enjoy it too! I never thought I would! But it sure is nice not getting all sweaty and red faced! :) Thank you! :)

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  4. I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE running in the cold. I can breathe easier and I am faster. I'm so not a fan of heat. I love Bonefish! It's one of my favorite restaurants!

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    1. I was shocked that I actually ran faster in the cold too! Bonefish was really good, I can't wait to go back again!

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  5. Except for the first 5 minutes of getting out of the door, I love running in the cold. Its so much better than running in the summer :)
    Am so glad u ate something, ur stomach was not used to solid food for the last 8-9 days, so it will take time to adjust immediately to solids, hence that time in the loo!

    When u plan to get back to regular eating, start with one meal solid (steamed veggies) and one meal keep it juice. One day at a time re introduce solid food in ur daily meals!

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    1. I agree, I've found it is easier running in the cold than heat. I never thought I would think so though!
      When I break the fast I will definitely take it slower. I think my stomach and digestive system were just not used to working, and it shocked them! Lol!

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  6. I love running in cold weather! LOVE it! This winter the coldest I've run yet was 6 degrees, which felt like -2 with wind chill. That is cold, but I love it. I am blessed because I know a lot of people have lung/throat issues with the cold, but it does not bother me one bit! My favorite running temp is about 25 degrees......cold to start but then by the time you've run 1/2 a mile, you're warmed up and the rest of the run is perfect!!
    In the past when I've done juice cleanses, I always took at least 3 full days to wean myself back to regular food-- introducing steamed and raw vegetables (in really small quantities) the first day, adding some more the next day and slowly working back to solid foods by day 3. Maybe that would help your tummy be happy with you? :)

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    1. 6 degrees!!! Ok, you're crazy girl! I am very blessed that I don't have any of the lung issues either, I can breath just fine out there.
      When I do end the fast I will introduce real food much slower. I think it was just too much food (even though it wasn't a whole lot) all at once. I should've taken it slower! Lesson learned!

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  7. I am a cold weather runner too. And surprisingly I am asthmatic! I handle the cold better then humidity...go figure.
    Congrats on your runs lately. AND listening to your body! It told you to finish out that juice fast evidently ;)

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    1. Wow, I'm surprised your asthma doesn't bother you in the cold weather! That's great! Thanks, Stacey!

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  8. I am a cold weather wuss, the "lowest I will consider" is 33 degrees

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    1. Well, now the lowest I'll consider is 25! Since I know I can do it, and it's not bad at all. Seriously, just try it! I don't think I'll go any lower than that though! :)

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  9. Getting out the door is definitely the hardest. I started running outside last May, so this is my first winter, too. At first my limit was 50 degrees, and then 40, then 35, 30 and now 25. Haha! I don't think i will go much lower though because my lungs start to hurt!

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    1. Lol! Yep, that's how I was too! I remember my first 'cold' run was 45, and I thought no way could I do that. Well, I sure surprised myself! I'm pretty sure 25 is my limit though! Thankfully, I haven't had any lung issues or any trouble breathing!

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  10. I H-A-T-E the cold too. My thin Florida blood doesn't want anything to do with temps below 60. But I can say on the days that I manage to drag myself out and run - they are always my very best ones! I always pray for a cold snap on race weekends ;)

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    1. Even though I live in KY, I think I have thin FL blood too! I lived in FL once, and have often regretted leaving! But I am loving these 'cold' runs, which I never thought I could do!

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  11. I am happy you wrote this to encourage people to run in the cold! If you have the right gear, it's great! I will run in any temp, and only get on the treadmill when it's icy or visibility is bad.

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    1. That's exactly right, if you have the right gear, layer the right way- it's wonderful!!

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  12. I don't mind the cold at all...but in MN people don't clear their walks very well and in my small town there are no cleared running trail. I still don't mind it...but I can't run in the cold. My Doc an avid runner said no running in the cold for me. With my at times severe asthma and my bad habit of getting pneumonia and broncitus which makes walking hard he said my lungs can't handle the cold....so I haven't run at all. Need to get a treadmill. Ugg, I get distracted and fall off them. ha.

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    1. Too bad you can't run in the cold, but it sounds like it's best if you don't! My treadmill has been a GREAT investment! I got distracted and fell off one time too!! I got bloody, scraped knees! That was all I needed to stay more focused! Lol!

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  13. Running in the cold has been an aquired taste for me. Signed up for a gym membership in November to get out of the cold. Recently I was getting bored with the treadmill and started running once a week outdoors and now I look forward to it.

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    1. I definitely look forward to my outside runs now. Never thought I would say that either!

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  14. I'm a MN girl, born and raised, and the coldest I've ever run was -22F when I was training for my first marathon. BUT I REALLY HATE THE COLD! Now, I shudder to think about running when it's in the 30s. ;) Ugh. It takes a LOT of motivation to get out the door when it's cold.

    Nice job getting back on your juice fast. Good luck sticking to it from here on out. And if you have another snafu (or fall off completely), don't worry, we'll still like you. :D

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    1. -22?? Wow, you're tough girl!! I don't think I would ever attempt that! You should try the 30's though, it's pretty perfect! No sweat, no red ugly face (in my case!)- it's awesome! Thank you, Clarinda. :)

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  15. I LOVE running in the cold!!! Awesome job on your cleanse!!

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  16. I don't mind running in the cold at all. Although I picked the treadmill last week when it was -2 degrees. No thanks! I just got my first pair of Swift Socks. They're awesome! My shoes were soaked from snow and slush but my feet were dry.

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    1. I do believe I would choose the treadmill over -2 degrees too! I wouldn't even try that! I'm so glad I found swiftsocks. It's pretty miserable running when you can't even feel your toes!

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  17. 30 to 50 degrees...the best temps to run in! below 20 and I'm hating life.

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    1. I agree! I honestly don't know if I'd even want to try below 20!! That doesn't sound fun at all.

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    1. I never thought I would, but now I do too!

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  19. I can't remember what state you live in but I live in WI where right now there is snow everywhere. I have run in the cold but personally I get more worried about the road conditions - there are no sidewalks out here so I prefer to wait until spring when the roads are cleared off and I know I won't fall. I run on the treadmill and do other things but I wouldn't want to do more than 5 miles on the treadmill at a time. Personally, when I have run in the cold 35 was a really great temp to run in - you don't get overheated; it just felt good. Hang in there with your juice fast! You are an inspiration!

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    1. I live in KY. I have a sister who lives in WI, so I know you guys have a lot more cold and snow then we do! I wouldn't want to get out there in dangerous conditions at all. Better safe than sorry! Thanks so much, Bobbi!

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  20. All juice for 21 days? Yes, I can imagine your stomach would not handle cooked food well. :)

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    1. When I officially end the fast, I will do it differently for sure!

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  21. Hooray for cold weather runs!! Our 'winters' are so short in Mississippi so I'm trying to take advantage of all the runs I can get; I know it's going to be 90* before I know it. I'm so happy to hear that you're listen to your body, even if it didn't like the solid food. Keep up the great work with your juice fast, you're totally inspiring, Katie! <3

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