Since my last post a couple of weeks ago, I went on just 3 runs outside (actually 3 runs period). Mike and I kicked off his birthday (Dec. 21) with a 7ish mile run – our longest since the Richmond Marathon. It was a sunny day with highs expected to reach in the sixties by the afternoon! However, it was still chilly and windy for our morning run. The wind was a killer and seemed to be always changing directions. We did still achieve our negative splits goal!
I find it pretty hard to breath, at times, when running in the cold, as I mentioned in a previous post. The wind makes breathing even harder. Because of the wind, the cold and really pushing myself for the last couple of miles, I started wheezing at Capitol Hill (mile 6-ish). I had to stop for a few minutes to inhale deeply and try to slow down my breathing. I have an inhaler but rarely bring it because I stop running as soon as I experience any breathing difficulty. I told Mike I think it would help if I could cover my neck and mouth when I am running into the wind or when it’s especially cold out.
So Mike found a perfect solution for a Christmas present for me! He bought me this cool Under Armour Fly By turtleneck with a breathing panel in the neck.
There was a big pull in the fabric though so we planned to return it to Dick’s over Christmas vacation. But unfortunately there must be a flaw in the fabric because all the other turtlenecks had multiple pulls. I hope Under Armour realizes the poor quality of the material and continues to make this style with a different fabric! So I exchanged it for another style from Nike! It’s in the mail now so stay tuned for a review soon.
Over Christmas, Mike and I went for a short run at my house. It was nice to stretch our legs although it took about 2 miles just to warm up a bit. It had started to sleet/snow out while we were running. We ran a couple of laps around the neighborhood adjacent to our street, reaching a total of about 4 easy miles. Handwarmers were essential – it was very damp and cold out. I tried out Matt’s EMS fleece neck warmer that was at home (not really for running). But it made a huge difference to have my neck covered and be able to pull it up over my mouth. I didn’t have any breathing/wheezing issues.
Our runs in DC are definitely more scenic and interesting but it was nice to get in some hills!