We met this past Saturday at the Broad Ripple Blue Mile store for our first Spring Training run. Calling it Spring Training in the middle of winter must be a mind-over-matter thing. It was 14 & flurrying, but there was a large turnout. It's nice that we meet inside to listen to the trainers, before heading out to run. I can handle the cold as long as I keep moving - it's just that standing around waiting outside that is miserable.
I can tell I'm really going to get a lot out of this training. If you shop at Blue Mile, you already know how approachable & helpful the staff are, and the trainers are just the same. It's not too late to join if you are interested in training for a Spring race - click here. After meeting the trainers & going over the program & some of the upcoming sessions, we headed out to walk or run the Monon.
My half marathon running program had me doing an easy 30 minutes or 2 miles, although I ended up doing 41 minutes/3.9 miles. I was enjoying the run so much I didn't want to turn around & head back. I didn't even mind the flurries! Running is really giving me a new appreciation for Winter. I hadn't been on this part of the Monon Trail in years - it's really very pretty in the snow. And may I say kudos to the city of Indianapolis for keeping the Trail plowed & salted. How awesome is that? There were a few slick spots on the bridges, but overall it was very nice.
After the run, it was back to the store for some water, informal chat time, & having any questions answered. 8am on Saturdays may not be my preferred time for running, but knowing how much I enjoyed this first training will make it that much easier to get up & go next time.
A quick word on layers, because you know how I like my workout clothes. I've always heard you should dress for 10 degrees warmer than actual temperature when you run. Well 14 + 10 still equals very cold! So, I wore my favorites and I was plenty warm: base layer of Cuddl Duds under Nike ThermaFit pants and Nike HyperWarm running top. Topped by a down vest, Lady Hagen gloves (I know that's a golf brand, but outside is outside & they are very warm), and my favorite pink sparkly Nike sock hat. I was perfectly comfortable for a 3 mile run, though I might have wanted to shed the vest if I was going on a longer run.
I'm looking forward to next week, and to getting to know some of my fellow runners & walkers.