Since New Year’s day, Florida has experienced frigid temperatures. The Disney Marathon weekend was the coldest, harshest weather possible for a Florida marathon. I was glad I was not running it this time. Saturday’s long run was cold and rainy with mixed in sleet. I did my long run of 16 miles, fortunately, after nine miles I was able to make an early morning visit to my sister Tootie’s home to dry my clothes and recover before running back home. There was no one out, making for a peaceful run. Part of running in the cold and enjoying it is mental and part is how I physically prepare.
Just before putting my shoes and socks on, I massage my legs and feet vigorously with “The Stick”. This of course increases the circulation and warms my legs. I layer on plenty to stay warm. Once finished with my warm up, I remove clothing as my core temperature increases.
Tonight was cool; about 49 degrees Fahrenheit. Our training group did speed work, so I warmed up quickly and ran in shorts and short sleeve shirt. I have found a greater tolerance to extremes of temperature since doing speed training.
Tonight’s speed workout was exhilarating and I felt great and ran well. And I’m getting faster.