Let me clarify. This run was not just MY coldest run ever – because I’m sure everyone’s definition of COLD varies, depending on your geographic location. But this run was also THE coldest run ever! Okay, I know those of you who live in colder climates will disagree, but this was the coldest day in Toronto thus far.
I love setting goals and challenging myself so I thought “Hey, let’s go for a run in the coldest day of the year.” 🙂 I wore all my baselayers and found some old windbreaker pants from the 1990’s ‘windbreaker tracksuit collection’. I couldn’t find the matching jackets but was thankful that I had saved the pants. I guess it helps to hoard your old clothes; you never know when you might need it or when it will come back in fashion again (if ever). I made sure all my skin was well covered. I thought about wearing my snowboarding goggles as well but since it was nighttime and my goggles were pink, I would not be able to see if I had worn them. I did however, wear my snowboarding mitts over top my running gloves. At this point, I would probably have been issued a ticket from the Fashion Police. Oh well, fashion had to take a back seat for this run and warmth would take the front.
After 20 minutes of getting ready and feeling 10 pounds heavier, I finally braved it out the door. It was a very slow run. I wasn’t feeling cold at all, I even started sweating. The snow mixed with the cold actually made my eyelashes freeze. About 10 minutes into my run, it was getting harder to blink and when I did blink, I could feel the icicles on my lashes. Guess I should have worn the goggles. 😦 It was a tough 7km during a wind chill warning.
Recap of what I wore:
Under Armour 3.0 baselayer pants
Lululemon winter running tights
Legwarmers (I forgot where I got them from)
Under Armour 3.0 baselayer top
Nike Hyperwarm hooded sweater
Nike Element winter running jacket
Lululemon brisk run neckscarf
The Ugly Sweater Run toque
Lululemon brisk run mitts
Burton snowboarding mitts
Oh and that white object I am holding in the picture is actually a block of ice. I found it towards the end of my run and decided to run home with it. It was good cross training! 🙂
What was the coldest/hottest run you’ve ever ran?
Do you prefer running in the cold or heat?