I hate winter. No. I despise winter. It may technically be spring, but no one told the weather this morning. And I guess I love running more than I hate the cold.
So I’m feeling pretty righteous after an early morning three-mile walk with one of my favorite people, followed by a chilly six miler that took me to Lansing’s Hawk Island Park.
Just how chilly? My iPhone 5 shut down and gave me a death message I had never seen before. (Just before I left my toasty car, the weather app said it was 14 degrees.)
I think I wore just about every single item of winter-weather running gear I own. I even threw on an extra fleece jacket plus stuck hand warmers into my winter gloves.
It wasn’t until my second mile, a couple dozen Canada geese, three does and what seemed like an unending stream of cardinals that I could even feel my hands and feet. I wasn’t too sure whether my ears were attached to my head despite wearing my dorky black and highlighter-yellow running hat.
But run I did and eventually stuck my phone in a pocket with the aforementioned hand warmers. Note to self: That did the trick and my phone started working again, which meant I was joined once again by my boy Pitbull on my run.
I was also reminded of just how kind this running community really is. As I stopped a couple of times to deal with the dead phone, blow my nose or take a picture, a couple of other runners stopped to ask me if I was OK.
Almost every other runner (and bikers, for that matter) on the trail said hello or waved and some even chatted with me as they caught up. I even saw two of my Black Girls RUN! Lansing friends, who were embarking on their own 20 miler. Brandess, also a Skirt Sports ambassador, looked fantastic in her black Ice Queen Ultra jacket (already made a mental note to order one for myself!).
Despite the cold, the combination of so much runner love and sunshine warmed my soul. Now if it could just get a bit warmer so I don’t lose any body parts, that would be great.
What was your long run this week? What’s the coldest temperature you’ve ever run in? What’s your ideal running temperature?