This post was written for and first appeared on One Foot In Reality.
It was cold, that kind of cold that just sucks the breath out of you, when you first step out. That 16*F with a wind chill that brings it down to the single digits cold. I got all bundled up and even wore my heavy-duty mittens (my hands get cold to damn easy).
Bennie refuses to wear anything, (he just stands there and doesn't move, until you take it off him), so he goes out in all weather as Nakid Bennie. We got going and while the wind was at our backs going out, when we got to the top of the hill, Bennie stopped to pee - his little legs were shaking pretty badly from the cold.
I turned around at that point and while he looked up a me with that, what are we doing turning around look, he didn't complain too much. He stopped a few more times and was still shivering, but still running and playing tug-o-war, but when we got to the 1.0 mile point, I stopped and said "go home".
He didn't argue or hesitate and we just went up the driveway.
In extreme cold (I consider anything under 20*F cold), with wind chills or freezing rains, I keep a very close eye on my running partner. His health and safety is my responsibility and I take that job seriously, because he will go where ever I go in any conditions. So even though I was prepared to run in the cold weather, the wind chills made it too miserable for Bennie to be outside for too long.
He didn't complain at all about sitting in my lap and enjoying the new heating pad with me after we got settled back down. Yeah, I decided that I wasn't going to put up with the cold either and relaxed a little before heading out.
I did a little shopping, cashed in a gift card and looked at the ASUS Flip Chromebook (nice little machine...but I wonder if it is what I want or not - it might be too small), however, it is a tempting piece of gear.
Then I went over to Planet Fitness to beat on the treadmill for a while. Since I had only gotten a mile in, I wanted to do 5.0 or 6.0, depending on how I felt. Also I wanted to check out the new Pearl Izumi N1 Road v2's I got from Bennie for Christmas, to see how they really felt on a longer run.
I had plenty of time and decided to see how long I could hold a sub 8:00 minute pace. I just ran comfortably. Initially, I thought that there was going to be a problem with the right foot and then I remembered that the socks I was wearing tended to do that no matter what I was wearing for shoes. I hadn't changed out of my winter weight merino wool compression socks. After a couple of miles my foot relaxed, the upper stretched a little or the sock loosened up and I forgot about right foot bothering.
The shoes felt good from the second mile onward. I do like how they felt during the run and they didn't get in the way or anything. Just comfortable.
Other than that is was just the mental part of doing the run and pushing myself to keep going, because I was feeling good at that pace. It was not a hard run, but I think I have to get my mental toughness built back up for longer treadmill run, especially since I have a feeling that I will be doing more and more of my runs indoors this year.
Especially, if we have lots of ice storms and then get bone-chilling temps in between, I ain't gonna do as much outside running as I have in the past. I have gotten so that I like running in shorts, t-shirt and not freezing my ass off. I will let others have the fun outside. Although I have a feeling that I will do a little time in the snow.