I Run Faster When I’m Cold

I am so looking forward to Daylight Savings Time this weekend!

Getting out of bed wasn’t easy this morning. My alarm went off at 4:30 am again — Darn it, Steve Jobs, help fix my iPhone! An hour later, when it was actually time to get up, I did so very reluctantly.

Bed = warm and cozy

Central Park = dark and freezing

But as always, I reminded myself how great I’ll feel once I’m out there, and how great I’ll really feel once the run is over.

My phone said it was 37 degrees out. Once the temperature starts dropping I have a hard time figuring out what to wear. Today I went with capri pants, a long-sleeved cotton dry fit Nike shirt and a super old puffy vest that I got at the Gap in high school. I was very comfortable, especially since it was dark the whole time I was out.

I’m still adjusting to my new running route. It’s 6 miles, instead of the 5 I used to do every morning at my old apartment. It’s also in Central Park, so it’s much hillier, whereas my old course was totally flat.

I’m keeping my pace pretty consistent, I think (gotta get that Garmin), and I’m enjoying the change of scenery and new people watching. Though I can’t see too much—it’s dark out!

One thing I noticed yesterday and again today is that I feel like I’m flying lately. I’m not sure whether or not my pace has picked up, or just leveled out because of the added hills, but in my last mile today I felt like I was comfortably sprinting.

I think it’s the weather. My muscles had finally warmed up—or gone numb, I’m not sure—and my breathing was even and steady. I just felt really good. Can’t complain about that!

I did experience a bit of under-bra chafing—sorry for any image I just put in your head—so I’m hoping to make some time to run out on lunch today and get some Body Glide at Jack Rabbit. I’ll also be ready to invest in new sneakers soon, which is always a treat!

In non-running news (for once), the apartment is so, so great. I can’t believe how much we got done last night and I’m thrilled with the progress we’ve made.

I’m used to being very confined to my bedroom, but now I have all the space in the world.

After my run this morning, I stretched and did crunches in the living room, showered in my own bathroom, turned on the Today show in the bedroom and got ready in my “office.”

I’m a happy girl.

Have a great day, everyone!



5 Responses

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  2. oooh to have a living room AND a separate bedroom. that would be a dream of mine….. i just have a studio… violins please…

  3. It has been cold here in the mornings as well, and I have a hard time figuring out what to wear! I didn’t really want to go for a run this morning because of the cold weather and snow! (We got our first snowfall last night. 🙁 ) But like you said, I focus on how great I feel at the end!

  4. I also feel SO fast when it’s cold out! Well, that is until the snow hits. Then I’m afraid of slipping on the ice…or I’m cursing the peeps in my neighborhood who don’t shovel!

    If you know what type of shoe you like and your size I suggest roadrunnersports.com. It’s a great website and I’ve found that things are cheaper there than in the running stores around me. VIP members get a huge discount (it cost like $2 to join last time I checked).

    I am in desperate need of some cold weather running gear and plan to snag some on road runner sports! I am going to get something reflective since I’m a morning runner too!

    1. Thanks for the link to Road Runner Sports. I had never heard of it, and just ordered new running shoes! They were so much cheaper than where I usually get them. Thanks for saving me some money!

      As for cold weather gear, I love love love my Nike stuff. I almost always run in Lululemon gear, but it just doesn’t do it for me when the weather gets cold. Nike has some great long-sleeved cotton dry fit shirts that I swear by all winter long. I also wear Nike running tights and a Nike hat (with a ponytail hole in the back!). I also recently got a zip up that I’ve been loving from Gap Fit, which is Gap’s new line of workout clothes. I love that it has thumb holes and it’s a super breathable material.

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I’m the creator of the Ali on the Run blog and the host of the Ali on the Run Show podcast. I’m also a freelance writer and editor, a race announcer, a runner and marathoner, a mom, and a huge fan of Peanut M&Ms, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (way better than the first one!), and reliving my glory days as a competition dancer in the early 2000s. I’m really happy you’re here.
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