For as long as I can remember, I told people "I can't run." But in March of 2009, I decided that this was no longer an option. From my first 5K to my second half marathon, I've endured my highest highs and lowest lows as an official Runner. This year I want to embrace running for something beyond times and distances.

Running is so much more than merely getting out there. I want to get out there and love it.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010


I ran on Monday night after work, it was probably around 25 degrees or so, but very blustery and tiny bits of sleet were pelting my face. It was a classic "thought I was going faster than I was" run and, long story short, I was really disappointed in my results when I recorded my route and time. The winter was what frustrated me most. I don't know if I just had the end-of-day exhaustion blues or what, but I really dipped low and felt like, how the hell am I going to run this winter?

Well last night I went to Target to find better running coverage for my a head/ear band or something. Every run I've done so far this winter is murder on my lungs. And the wind is like butcher knives piercing my eardrums. Of course Target put all of their winter stuff away (uh hello Wisconsin in January???), but low and behold, I found a balaclava in the winter sports section reduced to $6! It's not at all sexy and I look like a ninja, but it does the job real well! There's a mesh patch right by the mouth which works WONDERS for my breathing. So today's official temp is: "19 degrees F | Feels Like: 3 degrees F | Wind: From WSW at 20mph gusting to 25mph". Ouch. But with my balaclava, my running tights AND yoga pants, my moisture-wicking long sleeve shirt AND jacket, and my running gloves (love that "functional wiping surface!")...I was actually too warm! In the "home stretch" of my runs, I usually go balls out and triple my speed for the final block, and today, I had to take off the balaclava so I wouldn't completely overheat. Then, of course, all the sweat and mucus immediately froze to my face ;) Ahhhh winter runners...we look oh so attractive!

But I run was actually pretty great for once! I'm picking up speed again and breathing isn't as labored as last week. Definitely motivational! And now that I have the proper protection, I feel way better too, particularly about my lungs. Maybe I can finally get over the remnants of this cold virus!


  1. Glad you found some running stuff and on sale even! I bought some fancy gloves and a two miles in last week they were basically $30 hankies... gross! :) This week I am being wimpy and it is back to the treadmill for me. :)
    Glad I peeked at some of your other commments... just started following Cee's blog too. :)
    Maybe I will have to fire up ye ol Crafty Wafty site again. :)

  2. Good girl! Target has some decent stuff for running...and reasonable!

    This is my first winter staying out and I am amazed how warm I am after about 30 seconds.

    Wanted to tell you..there's a running expo this weekend in Milwaukee this weekend.

    First 500 people get socks..LOL!

  3. YES $30 hankies for sure!! Seriously though, a gym membership or my own treadmill would be nice on days like this...I don't blame you!!

    Yep, between Kohls and Target, I find some pretty great (and CHEAP) stuff! I know some people go all out and get all the fancy threads (and sometimes I'm jealous haha!) but I'm good for now with my gear. Oh and when it's around 40? I just wear shorts and a tshirt because I get so warm so quickly! Luckily, once mid March hits, I'll be ok with the temp again :)

    OoooohSOCKS!!! I was almost going to go and do the run at the Expo, but decided not to spend the money. Races add up quickly, I've noticed ;)