Who enjoys sitting in traffic or dealing with crowded metro cars and long bus lines? Anyone…anyone? Nope, me neither so that’s where an alternative solution fits in to the picture. Today my friend and I decided to literally run home from D.C. to Virginia. To people not from the area that may sound far but Northern Virginia literally bumps right up to the District with that thing called the Potomac River sitting in the middle. Finding the best route to take is the tricky part because you have to know where the trails and streets connect. If not, you could easily be doubling your mileage and calling for a friend to pick you up before you reach your destination.
So technically my training plan does not call for a longish run tonight but my legs were feeling good. My sprint workout on the treadmill last night got cut short by a circuit outage for a row of treadmills, so I had to move on to the elliptical/stair stepper machine instead. So tonight after bundling up (it was 33 degrees when I left the office) it was time to take off.
Surprisingly after about a half mile into the run my body was feeling fairly warm thanks in part to my Under Armour winter long sleeve mock turtleneck, my warm running pants, scarf, headband, hat, and gloves. And when you are running with someone the conversation takes your mind off how cold it actually is around you. Close to the halfway point it began to flurry a bit and I think the temperature must have dropped. By the time we reached the end of our almost seven mile run and began walking the last half mile or so my body was trying to cool itself. But this process in the cold weather basically just makes you that much colder. Despite wearing gloves I could barely open the door to my home; it took a bit of jostling the key and trying to find a way to get my frozen fingers to turn the key in just the right direction. A hot shower felt great and now I am happy relaxing on my couch watching college basketball. Life is good and running helps make it so.