Last week I may have called myself a wimp for using the treadmill during the week but on the weekend I am anything but. T and I got out there today in very cold weather. The thermometer said - 3 degrees shortly before she arrived. We were both layered up and headed out to run 10 miles with no thought of changing the distance. It was manageable for the first 5 miles. We did lots of chatting with just a few mentions of cold toes or fingers. The picture below was taken just before the half way point.
Once we ran around the corner at the halfway point we were both complaining a good deal more. You will see below I have my face covered and I pulled my hood up over my hat. I was trying to use the finger things that come down over your hands as well as my mittens. I never removed any of this and pretty much froze the rest of the way. The last two miles were brutal as it was when the "tireds I want this to be done" hit. Once home it took forever to warm up. I am still rather tired and just a bit lame from my swimming yesterday.
Speaking of swimming thanks to all of you who gave me sympathy and suggestions on yesterday's whiny post. I am still discouraged although I am trying not to be. I won't get in the pool again until Thursday because of some meetings I have this week. I plan to practice what I was told and concentrate on my legs. And I will try to find some patience. In the meantime I will remember what Kate, who is much smarter than I, said in her comment: .you just have to be able to not drown for your tri...anything more is gravy. :) Because that is a quote I suspect I will refer to frequently it is now the quote in my header. Of course I would like to be faster and more efficient. I don't plan to stop swimming anytime soon because I love it, at least I used to before yesterday, so I want to be a better swimmer whether I am training for a tri or just enjoying a good workout. But as Kate said as far as the tri goes, the big picture is I just have to be able to not drown!