Some of the frost on the leaves. It was reallllllly cold. I was impressed though that the cold didn't affect my lungs. It only affected my fingers! lol. I need to buy some gloves to wear while running.
The frost is a sign that winter is actually coming. I love snow. But I'm not a huge fan of the cold and the small number of hours that have sun. I've decided to prepare myself for the winter running season I need to invest in a few things..
1. GLOVES!! Hopefully really really warm ones. I'm thinking of getting the mittens that are actually gloves on the inside so I can use my fingers if needed. These are what I'm talking about.
2. Spibelt. I don't have a holder for my ipod so I just carry it with me. Its not a big deal but it would be nice to be able to put it in something. I also carry my keys in my hand. And on mornings like today I had to carry my camera with me also. It's really just annoying and I think a Spibelt would make it easier.
3. Something to carry water. Again on the theme of not wanting to carry things in my hand. I don't want to carry a water bottle with me while I'm jogging. Right now I'm not running for more than 45minutes (usually around 30 minutes) so I don't really need one. But I want to build my endurance and continue to increase my milage. So it's very important for me to have a way to hydrate myself during my run. Anyone have good suggestions?
4. Recovery socks. Because winter is coming that means running on paths isn't going to be easy and could increase my chances of rolling an ankle or falling down when there is ice. So I will be stuck running on the sidewalks when they are clear and that means my shin splints are going to start hurting again (like they did this morning). I do the whole scrunch a towel with your toes thing but I'm afraid it won't be enough. Does anyone have suggestions for keeping the shin spints to a minimum while running on pavement?
5. Garmen. Maybe! Right now I'm using the Nike+ system. It's good but I find the milage tracker can be inaccurate. I think a Garmen would help a lot in this department but I don't think it's necessary.
I run along the Bedford Highway. For those of you who don't live in Halifax, it's a really really busy street. There are always lots of cars and walkers/runners. It is also one of the major bus routes. So I brought chalk with me this morning and did an Operation Beautiful note on the side walk in front of one of the many bus stops. I love how these make me smile and I hope they make other people smile and feel good about themselves. When I was finishing up a man arrived at the bus stop and I caught him smiling as he read the note. On my jog home I saw a few more people walking towards the bus stop. I hope they saw it too :)
I also tried doing one on a bus stop but the sun probably melted it soon after.
Breakfast was a glass of milk with a blueberry bagel topped with almond butter and jam. Those darn bagels!! Hahaha.
At work I snacked on a bag of trail mix. I didn't eat it all in one sitting though. I made it last the whole day.
With some tea.
Lunch was leftovers from last nights dinner. Sooooo good, even as left overs!!
I'm actually writing this at work right now using Google Docs and I'm realizing it is going to be a lonnng post. I think I'll put it up as soon as I get home and then do a second post later on. I want to talk about another challenge I'm participating in this month. More to come :)