So being the Ultra running couples’ blog, it was time that Hubs stepped up to share his “pearls of wisdom” with the virtual running community. Joel felt particularly motivated this week to share his experiences with cold weather running after much whining in our household about having to go out to run in the single digit and teen temps, with possible snow and gross temperatures on the horizon for this weekend. And naturally, the treadmill is never an option. What follows is from the Joel Man, describing his experiences with cold weather running during Dirk’s Fat Ass 50K.
“The recent Dirk’s Fat Ass 50K may have been the coldest run I’ve ever done. The temps that morning put a little hesitation in me as I’m sure it did to others who showed up for the run. As with all other cold runs I’ve done, the hardest part was just getting started. Just getting past the dread.
When we began running at 8:00 am my toes and hands were in a lot of pain. I wondered if I could do this and wondered why I was even there. But as all runners know, the coldest part is the standing around before, and especially after. After about 2 miles my hands and feet felt okay. I was sweating. My body was warming up even in the 6 degree temps. That’s when I felt, “I got this”.
For most of the 3 x 10 mile laps (we refer to each 10 mile lap as a ‘Dirk’ in honor of the founder and race Director, Dirk Hayes – to complete a full “Fat Ass 50K” – you have to pay homage to Dirk three times), I was running with the legendary David Jones. He was wearing black and I could see he had ice all over his back. In all honesty, I saw a lot of his back on that day. I felt my own shirt and found that it too was frozen (like a wet towel stuffed in a freezer). It may sound scary to think of being in 6 degree temps and covered with frozen sweat, but in reality, the ice probably provided an extra layer of insulation (think – Eskimos build their houses out of this stuff).
This day reinforced my philosophy that if you are facing a cold run, just get started! You are much colder just standing around dreading the experience.”
Preach Hubs! The hardest part is just before the beginning. It isn’t getting any warmer folks and the Spring Races will be here before we know it, so in the multi-billion dollar words of Nike – “Just Do It!”