Winter running

This time of year makes me so happy! It’s cold and crisp outside, I get to snuggle up indoors in the warm guilt-free, and Christmas decorations are starting to appear in shop windows. (I wish they would leave it a little later for all the Christmas stuff, but I have to admit it’s looovely wandering around in the evening when it’s all dark, and seeing all of the pretty lights everywhere!)

Plus, all the coffee shops are serving their seasonal specials! Yay! The salted caramel mocha in Starbucks was a little disappointing (too sugary, and not a whole lot of flavour), but the Black Forest hot chocolate in Costa was the tastiest hot drink EVER!

costa

Today was perfect running weather. Freezing cold, dry, and lovely bright sunshine. As I had an 8-miler on the schedule, and hadn’t run more than 10k in MONTHS, I decided to head to the gym and run it on the treadmill instead. (Yeeeah, sucky idea).

The run itself went really well – I had a couple of slices of toast beforehand, and took a bottle of water with a citrus Zero tab, and felt pretty good. I’d have enjoyed it much more if I’d manned up and run outside, though – I can’t believe how hot and stuffy the gym is! It doesn’t seem to matter what temperature it is outside, what I wear, where in the gym I am .. It’s nuts!

I did get to walk home along the river though (and after being passed by 4 runners, I REEEALLY wished I’d made the most of the weather), and got to enjoy the beautiful scenery:

river

I’ll definitely be heading outside for next week’s long run!

In the meantime, I’ll be sticking to the treadmill for my shorter, mid-week runs, and my boyfriend is determined to get me on the weights machines in between! (Given how little upper body strength I have, this will be really helpful).

I’m excited to be increasing the distance! Next step, 10 miles! It’ll be awesome to get back into double digits. Tough, but VERY satisfying 🙂

 

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