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Zero to #runDisney Princess Half Marathon Training Update: Cold Weather Running

There are less than thirty days until runDisney’s Princess Half Marathon Weekend.  Less than thirty days until my first half marathon.  To say I’m excited would be an understatement.  I’m practically jumping out of my skin waiting for it to get here.

Training for the Princess Half has been going a bit slow, mainly because of the extreme cold weather we’ve been facing.  I did ok in 27 degrees.  In fact, I ran my first sub-40 5k and sub-12 minute mile. I felt great.  No soreness the next day.  I went well beyond my 1/1 run walk ratio.   I liked 27 degrees.  We were friends.

And then I decided to try out 13 degrees.  It’s been below 10 most mornings/evenings and I figured I’d just suck it up and give it a try last night.

Cold Weather Running Gear Princess Half Marathon Training

Not my best idea.  12-13 degrees and I area not friends.  We’re not even frenemies.

That.hurt.so.bad.  My body was warm, thanks to my cold weather compression gear, but my lungs?  It felt like they were freezing inside of my chest.  This is all I got out of it:

Cold Weather Running

Not much.  But it’s something.  I’m planning on trying again tonight to see if I can get at least a full two miles in before I have to head home.  We’re getting a bunch of snow today, though, and I’m not sure I want to risk slipping and breaking my foot/ass/wrist/ankle/other assorted bones.  I’ll make the call later tonight when I can see what the temps are and how much snow there is.  I’m too antsy to keep sitting around and waiting for the weather to change.  This is when I dream of having a treadmill.

Question: How are you managing your runs during the arctic chill?  Do you head to the gym or take on Mother Nature?


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  • Reply Krissy @ Shiawase Life January 24, 2013 at 3:19 pm

    I definitely wimp it out on the TM! The cold is pretty bad but what’s the worst for me is the fear of slipping and injuring myself (like I have done many times, hah). You are doing great, girl!

    • Reply ashley January 24, 2013 at 3:27 pm

      It’s not wimping out on the treadmill! If anything, I think TM runs are harder. I don’t like running and not going anywhere. 😉

  • Reply Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell January 24, 2013 at 3:58 pm

    I’m not a runner so neither, but my daughter is like you and will at least try the outside.

  • Reply Tesa @ 2 Wired 2 Tired January 24, 2013 at 4:24 pm

    I love to run in the spring, summer, and early fall but I hibernate in the winter. I hate the cold and being outside running in it sounds like absolutely no fun. I’m glad you tried it though because even thought it’s not for me I do admire those who are so committed. Good luck with your training!

  • Reply Andrea Kruse January 24, 2013 at 4:29 pm

    I wish I could tell you that I brave the cold and wet of Oregon Winters, but the truth is I hide away inside and use the treadmill late at night. Now is a fabulous time to pick up treadmills that folks bought for the new year, or want to finally sell to de-clutter their house.

  • Reply deb January 24, 2013 at 5:07 pm

    You are brave. I don’t even go outside when it’s cold. I am not a fan of winter. Congrats on continuing to run in freezing cold temps.

  • Reply Cassie January 24, 2013 at 7:20 pm

    I have been using an indoor track but I am no where near even running a 5K (hopefully in April). I have been avoiding the outside because it is so cold here. Kudos for you for trying though. i just need to get off my butt ant attempt it outside.

  • Reply Hanan January 25, 2013 at 6:29 am

    You are one crazy mothereffer, haha! It’s been that cold here too, and my body does not like it. Sadly, there is nothing but ice and snow on the ground too, so not ideal for running in anyways. You go girl, though!!

  • Reply Trinity January 26, 2013 at 11:01 pm

    This is when I’m SO HAPPY I have a treadmill.

    It’s not even that cold here, and I can’t imagine running outside.

  • Reply Ashley March 28, 2013 at 2:57 pm

    This was my first half marathon too! And lol this post brought back all my non training days because I couldn’t stand under 25 degrees.
    Hello windchill sucked too. I enjoy your running posts very much. Rundisney inspired me, and you did a great job at telling the world how it could inspire them

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