Thursday, March 8, 2012

Summer, What?!

As most of you know, this Winter indeterminate season we are currently in is...  well, just that; undetermined.  One day is snows.  The next day it melts.  One day it rains and is cool.  The next it feels like apple picking season.  Heck, even the geese are back already, though I wish I had access to the database of tagged geese.  I'd love to know how many times they've gone North and South this year.  They may have small brains, but even they have to be wondering what the heck is up.

Amongst all this back-and-forth, we had a rather warm day this past week.  As mentioned HERE in my training review, Saturday had an impromptu warm afternoon, so I bumped my long run up and headed out for a nice 9.6 mile run.

March 3rd, 2012


As you can tell (no running tights, sleeveless shirt), it was a warm day; 50 degrees.  It was March 3rd in the upper northern hemisphere for gosh sakes!  We're supposed to have a foot of snow and hear everyone grumbling. 

After that run, I thought "Ok, I've run sleeveless in both February and March.  I'll put it away until a freakishly warm day in April."  It turns out the cycle of warm and cold days was shorter than I thought.  After running some errands this morning and writing up workouts for this afternoon, I couldn't bear letting a 62 degree day go by without a run.  You read that right...

62 Degrees!!!

March 8th, 2012

Heck with sleeveless.  I went no shirt!  And I don't know if it was the mental factor of being happy back in my preferred running outfit (or lack thereof) or the fact that it's a recovery week (which by the way have been lacking recovery speeds), but I ran my 3.86 miles at 6:40 pace without a skip. 

Just because it's funny - I sent my mother the above picture knowing she'd have a response worth a laugh.  Right on cue, she responded "You look naked!"  I'm sure in her head I now am the guy who streaks around CT for my training. 

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Questions
1.  Have you been having freakishly summer-esque weather lately?  If so, have you been making use of it?
I'll run in the cold if need be, but any chance I get to fit my runs in on warmer days, I'll jump at.  I just wish I had more time today so that I could have done my long run for the week instead of waiting until tomorrow.

2.  What is your ideal running outfit and/or conditions?
In training, I love temps around the 60 mark, but for races, I'd prefer about 50.  I prefer going shirtless only because I hate the feeling of a shirt sticking to me while I run.  I do also like the occasional run in the rain.


Swim fast.  Bike smart.  Run hard. 

6 comments:

Coy Martinez said...

The weather here has been just as insane. Woke up Monday morning to 6" of snow and by my afternoon run on Tuesday, I was in shorts and a tshirt and sweating like crazy. What's the summer gonna be like??

Joe Autuoro said...

according to our neighbor, the crabby old Italian lady, you ARE the guy who streaks around CT... =P

it's all about pace said...

we have had a mildish but not uncommonly warm winter... 55/75 most days

I like to race @ 40 but train in much warmer weather... I am a bit faster in the cold.

it's going to be in the mid 80s tomorrow during my 3 hour run

Suz and Allan said...

Cannot believe how crazy "winter" has been. We are going to die this summer!

Kurt @ Becoming An Ironman said...

Haha. Joe, I'm sure she's not the only one.

gashsam said...

Hey Kurt, Could you send back our sun please! I am down under in the land of Aus and we have been cheated out of our summer. Basically we haven't had one. It has rained here for about 3 months solid and cold temps and big winds. It's like winter talk about Freakish. Today is the first day the sun has peaked its nose out and I am taking full advantage and heading to the outdoor pool. So if you wouldn't mind sending the sun and the heat back down here cause we could use a thawing out. And Q2 if I were a guy I'd run in skins too. Unfortunatly the girls need some support so crop top and shorts for me.