Einstein said: "Put your hand on a hot stove for a minute, and it seems like an hour. Sit with a pretty girl for an hour, and it seems like a minute. THAT'S relativity."
This morning before my run I said to myself: "Live in Phoenix Arizona (or any desert) for over a year and become a complete cold weather puss. That's relativity." Over the course of the last year and a half, I've completely forgotten what real cold weather actually feels like. This morning I got a bit of a taste.
To be clear, I used to be hard core. I was never one of those guys that could walk around the Iowa State University Campus in the dead of winter only wearing shorts, a t-shirt, and usually two weeks of face stubble. But, I COULD do just fine running in all weather. Snow? Outta the way old man winter. Ice? Whatever, I skid through it - without any of your fancy Yack-Trax ThankYouVeryMuch. Don't believe me? I wouldn't believe me either - so I have pictures! 0F temperatures, 15 miles. Behold!
This morning was a BIT different - but still FREEZING. It was 29F and I had 6 miles with 4 at tempo of 6:35. The run itself was pretty tough. The tempo miles clicked by in 6:39, 6:47, 6:22, 6:40. Not very consistent at all which goes to show how not relaxed / in control I was. I find that the harder a run is, the less consistent I am at holding pace. I have a hard time judging between a perceived 90% effort and 95% effort.....It all seems like sprinting.
I recently received a pair of GoLite Cross Timbers Zonal Tight that kept me toasty warm. As you would expect, I looked extremely......not hetro-sexual....but they really kept my legs warm. (I'll post pictures in my official review - was too tired to dig out the camera this morning)
Question to the ladies out there (or the fellas - I don't judge): What do you think of guys wearing running tights? Look stupid? Think of them as they are - utilitarian?