Sticking to plan A, B, C or whatever.

Y’all it was 45 degrees this morning when I left for my run. Forty five degrees!

cold weather in florida

Innovative use of sweaters if I do say so myself.

I love running in cold weather. I really do. I went out this morning thinking I’d just take it easy and get 5 or 6 miles in and then head back. When I started running, it felt so easy and the weather was perfect. Before I even knew it 6 miles were done and I didn’t even break a sweat. In fact, I was so happy with my time that I posted one of those annoying garmin pics on Instagram. Here, let me post it here too in case you didn’t see it.

annoying garmin pic

You’re Welcome

And because I’m an ‘all things analytical’ geek, I uploaded my Garmin data to Garmin Connect as soon as I got back, and I was pretty excited about my splits. It’s one thing to feel like you’re getting faster, especially after speed work, but it’s quite another to see negative splits and pretty decent times when you weren’t even putting forth maximum effort.

my splits

The splits, not to be confused with banana splits.

Listen to me, getting all excited. Everybody runs faster in the cooler weather. Check me in the summer months when my times are somewhere between OMG and WTF? It’ll be here soon enough and I’ll be bitching about it like a boss.

Anyway, today got me really excited to start my training again next week, although if I’m being totally honest, putting that sub 2 goal out there sort of makes me nervous. I’m going to put my faith in the training and my ability to stick to it and hope for the best. Sounds like a good plan to me.

Stick to the plan

Hopefully by putting it out there, it will help me stay accountable. Sometimes I need a little push, know what I mean?

Do you follow a training plan for every race you run? (I do now!)
Or are you one of those serial racers who signs up for all the races and hopes for the best?
(This was me early last year and the end of 2013. I just wanted to run everything I could and I wasn’t too worried about time.)

6 thoughts on “Sticking to plan A, B, C or whatever.

  1. “Running in cold weather”? Flower, sometimes you make me giggle right out loud!! Tomorrow, I’m running in a 5K race here in London and, with the windchill, we’re looking at (and I’m translating into Fahrenheit here, for you) a temp of -18. There were supposed to be a whole bunch of family activities at this race (there’s a 10K as well) but they’ve all been cancelled, due to the extreme cold. Layers, layers, layers!

    • OMG, I cannot even! Negative 18 is just unimaginable to me. I suppose you would probably laugh your butt off at the thought of me wearing gloves in 45 degrees but there I was, this morning….Don’t worry, when it’s 98 degrees in the summer and 100% humidity, I’ll wish for -18…HARD. 🙂

  2. haha that picture, it is so true….and you said you love running in the cold….is that 45 degrees? 😉 Mind you, in Kentucky they are saying how cold it is when it is 20, but we lived in Michigan….so 20 is nothing haha! Although i can feel us becoming soft!!

    You know I follow a training plan, but I need to, but I think you need to follow what is in your heart, you are good at that 🙂

  3. I’m a sign-up-and-hope-for-the-best. I’ve been thinking about finding a trainer…or maybe I’ll be back to day shift and can join a running group.

    The sweater aliens are funny but yes, last night was 50 and it was cold! Anytime you can at least start a race without sweating just standing there is great.

    I think 2015 is going to be a good year, you can do it!

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