With ZOOMA looming in two days, I realized that no good was going to come from sitting around, worrying about it and doing nothing.
I had to get myself going.
I considered it kind of a dress rehearsal.
For one thing, I had to know if my blisters were going to hold, and what kind of protests they were going to voice. For another, I had to make sure my outfit choice would work. The high on race day is predicted to be in the upper 40s, which is typically on the uncomfortable side for me, and I struggle dressing appropriately for the colder temps. I know most runners absolutely delight in 30s and 40s, but for me, that kind of cold cuts right through and I have a harder time breathing.
But, it is winter, and there’s not much I can do about the weather, so I’m focusing on the fact that it will be sunny with minimal winds.
I still haven’t decided if I’m wearing capris or long compression pants. I finally found a pair of pants that don’t fall down as I run, so I’m packing both and will make it a game time decision.
I also need to grab a pair of cheap gloves. My hands get and stay super cold.
I also have concerns about my ears (they don’t like wind), and the thin ear band/warmer I snagged the other day seemed to do the trick. Mr PugRunners has a really nice fleece one that I have borrowed, but it’s a little too big for my head, which would be annoying during 13.1 miles.
And my toes will be just fine. The blisters still hurt a little, but they seemed to do ok once I got running. Not ideal, but good enough.
It was good to get out, even if it was just for a few miles. I got to adjust my lungs to the almost-freezing temps, make sure the playlist on my new iPod is doing the trick and make mental tweaks to Saturday’s wardrobe and packing list.
(Conversely, Molly was NOT happy about my return to the pavement. She has gotten quite used to our mornings of snuggling and was not impressed by the change up.)
Now, all that’s left is to enjoy friends, both new and old, and run the race.
What adjustments to you make in your running attire to accommodate lower-than-normal temperatures?
What challenges does beach running present for you?