Priority: Have a Good Time!

My Instagram feed is filled with pictures of snow from friends up north, and I’m down here like, somebody please turn the a/c up!

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Everyone else in the world seems to have barren trees and driveways blanketed in white, while I’ve got palm trees, pink flowers and a cat who loves to sunbathe in the nude. 😉

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Last night I didn’t go running until almost 7:30pm and it was still 82 degrees!

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I tried to channel Kristen up in Bend, OR who recently ran in -1 degree F temps but I don’t think it worked because I still finished my run feeling way overheated!

I got caught at the drawbridge in mile 2 because I guess that’s my new thing.

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Dear Drawbridge, we really need to stop meeting like this!

Last week I didn’t run as much as I should have because Adam and I ended up going up to the Fort Pierce / Port St. Lucie area for a belated birthday getaway. (That’s also why I didn’t blog on Friday.) I didn’t take any pictures (GASP), but I promise it really happened!

I packed my running stuff, but I just never felt like lacing up.

Truthfully, last year for Adam’s birthday we went away for the weekend and I was SO sore and tired from my long run that I was grumpy/complained a lot. I’m sure it wasn’t a pleasant birthday experience, even though Adam would never say anything.

This year I just had to prioritize having a good time!

Life is all about balance right? Missing a couple of runs to spend more quality time with Adam was totally worth it, but this week I’m back in the game and it feels so right!

And I am looking forward to our cold spell later this week… I hear it’s going to be in the low 60s tomorrow night!

Happy Tuesday! 🙂

What’s the coldest it gets in your area during the winter?

What’s the coldest and temp you’ve ever run in? Hottest?

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  1. November 18, 2014 / 7:35 am

    Ohhh what I would do for those kinds of temps right now. It was 20 DEGREES outside when I ran this morning…but I was running inside on a treadmill 😉

    • November 18, 2014 / 3:49 pm

      Brrrr I was thinking this morning I could never get out of my warm bed to run in temps below 60 degrees. I just know it would never happen! I applaud you for prying yourself out of bed!!! That’s tough stuff!

  2. November 18, 2014 / 7:43 am

    This morning it was 25 but felt like 15. Last winter I ran in 15 degrees with negative wind chills. Im not wishing for the humidity back, but its only November so these old temps are here way too early!

    • November 18, 2014 / 10:58 am

      How you ran in 15 degree weather, I will never understand. I am freezing just thinking about that!

    • November 18, 2014 / 3:50 pm

      Dang! Soooo cold!

      Is it any warmer in the evenings? I think I would need to run in the evenings even if it was just as cold because I could never get myself out of my warm bed in the mornings to go run in cold temps!

  3. November 18, 2014 / 8:16 am

    I saw that 84 degrees pic when you posted it on FB last night. I checked the weather for my run this morning… “feels like temp” was 8 degrees. EIGHT DEGREES. Now here’s the thing, I DID run this morning, and I wore all my warmest stuff (pictures forthcoming in another post) but the only time it actually felt 8 degrees is when the wind was blowing, and it wasn’t that windy. So I really only had like 1 gust per mile. I was sweating. I have run in “feels like” temperatures of like -5 and I have run in temperatures so hot where I had to run for 15 min, then go inside in the A/C for 10 min and repeat that 4 times. Which was kind of stupid- how good of a workout was that? I should have just gone to the gym. As for cold, there have been times in PA where the wind was so cold I cut my run short at about 3 miles because I couldn’t feel my thighs. I may be crazy, but I am NOT stupid!

    • November 18, 2014 / 3:52 pm

      EIGHT DEGREES!! I can’t even imagine what that feels like!

      That is so crazy that you couldn’t feel your thighs after three miles. I mean, that’s less than 20 minutes for you!

      I always think I would LOVE running in cold temps, but the truth is anything under 50 and I would proabably wimp out and run on the treadmill. I can’t imagine dealing with ice and soft snow!

      • November 18, 2014 / 8:58 pm

        I don’t run in ice and snow that is slippy. I am scared of falling!

  4. November 18, 2014 / 8:32 am

    I’m glad that you wrote about prioritizing having a good time over the weekend. It’s so important to remember things like that.

    Yesterday was the coldest weather I’ve ever run in, 19 but 9 with the windchill. It wasn’t bad though, I have good winter gear. LA is usually pretty warm, so its kind of nice to be running somewhere where I don’t feel overheated and sweaty the whole time!

    • November 18, 2014 / 3:55 pm

      I think it’s really hard for runners to prioritize LIFE over running sometimes because we buy into the concept that we do hard things that other people aren’t willing to do. While that’s true, it doesn’t have to be true every single day of the year. It’s sort of like your ‘real runner’ post from the other day. On one hand I thought, “a real runner would get it done” but on the other hand I thought, “it’s really not fair to Adam for me to jam in a run and be too sore to enjoy the rest of the day/night.” We cam be real runners bought into the concept of hard work, but allow ourselves a couple of extra days off every once in a while.

  5. November 18, 2014 / 9:19 am

    Sounds like a great run, even if it was hot! Sorry to hear you got stuck at the drawbridge again – so frustrating!

    It’s really nice to disconnect and just hang out sometimes, without any pressure for running or to capture the moment on photo. I tend to take a lot of food photos but otherwise, my travels go fairly undocumented.

    Well, it was 11 degrees this morning with a wind chill of -4, so it’s safe to say I will be running on the dreadmill this afternoon 😉 It’s not supposed to be warmer than about 21 today.

    • November 18, 2014 / 3:56 pm

      WHOA! No higher than 21 degrees?! I can’t even conceptualize that!

      The drawbridge is annoying because it totally disrupts your flow. As I get close to the top of the bridge I look forward to riding the momentum down the other side, but getting stuck at the top totally throws me off my game!

  6. Karey
    November 18, 2014 / 10:05 am

    i needed to read this. I’ve considered canceling annual trips to visit family because it would interfere with marathon training. Priorities, right?

    • November 18, 2014 / 3:57 pm

      Exactly, priorities!

      Running a PR in the marathon is a good goal that will require a lot of dedication, but it shouldn’t define your entire life. I often have to remind myself that being a runner is only one facet of who I am, and it’s certainly not the most important. I’m also a partner to Adam, a daughter, a friend, etc. and those things are more important.

  7. November 18, 2014 / 10:26 am

    Last year was amazingly cold! I think we a week or more straight that it was -20° (with wind chill). I try not to run outside if it is below zero. I want to be comfortable and well that just isn’t comfortable. I think the heat isn’t as bad unless its humid. This past summer we had a day that was 98° and 100% humidity. Not fun. So its all about the mix I guess! As long as I am outside moving, I am a happy gal!

    • November 18, 2014 / 3:59 pm

      I totally remember the super hot and humid days of summer. 98 and 100% humidity are pretty standard here on the coast of south florida. I mean, even during the winter mid-80s with humidity in the 90th percentile is pretty standard for most mornings. Why do I like to live here again? haha

      Running in below zero??? Heck no! Brrrrr!

  8. November 18, 2014 / 10:57 am

    Oh, how awful you are baking in that beautiful weather!!! I kid, I kid 😉 It is getting pretty chilly over here in Northern California. We have 40 degree mornings and it hits only about mid-60s these days. Definitely boot and scarf weather!

    • November 18, 2014 / 4:00 pm

      That sounds SO lovely! I often think about how California has just about the perfect weather. I would love to move there someday!

  9. November 18, 2014 / 11:04 am

    That bridge is becoming your own personal nemesis! hehe, it must make you crazy hearing about everyone’s cold. It was cold here the past few days, i ran on the treadmill last night, but honestly cold doesn’t affect me like heat, so I will take it 🙂 I will say, my tush was numb on Sat. for about 5 miles, I didn’t take gloves my gloves off till about mile 7, I may have been slightly under dressed lol

    • November 19, 2014 / 10:02 pm

      When it was in the 50s a few weekends ago my hands were FREEZING! I had never even considered wearing gloves on a run, but they were going numb when I was running in the shady areas!

      I can’t imagine having to figure out the right amount of layers to use on every run without ending up too warm or not warm enough!

  10. November 18, 2014 / 11:07 am

    Ha, the weather differences are crazy. Agree 100% that we occasionally need to put aside the training plan for some family time. Balance is key.

    We have pretty amazing weather here in AZ. I’d say coldest we get here is probably low 40’s, which is prefect running weather. Of course hottest is well over the 100* mark, but it’s a dry heat lol

    • November 19, 2014 / 10:03 pm

      You are so lucky with that dry heat! It’s always so humid here, whether it’s 50 degrees or 100 degrees you can bet it’s 75%+ humidity year round. It’s not so bad when it’s “cold” out though!

      Do you ever get snow in AZ?

  11. November 18, 2014 / 11:13 am

    So do you think if you were in a large boat, you would always catch the drawbridge down and have to wait???
    It gets pretty cold here in the winter, I usually run inside if it is less than 15*. Heat? Well, it can get hot (low 90’s, and humid, but it doesn’t last long, a day or 2). It is usually snow or ice that keeps me in–or the overwhelming need to hibernate, which usually comes the end of February. I don’t mind the winter until then!
    I think it is important to be “disconnected” for family time. I hope you had fun!!

    • November 19, 2014 / 10:05 pm

      I think so, more often than not I’m able to run over the bridge and the boats are left waiting. My timing has just been off lately! The guard who manages the bridge is usually pretty good about waiting for runners and cyclists to cross over before he puts the bridge up if we’re close to the top.

  12. November 18, 2014 / 12:00 pm

    Don’t worry, Kristina. When I am running is freezing temps, I am actually thinking about running near a beach in Florida with palm trees all around me. ☺

    I can’t believe how HOT it is there. Share the wealth, will ya? I need to convince my husband that we need a second home somewhere warm. Don’t get me wrong, I love the snow and cold from time to time, but not six months of it. It can get pretty cold here. A couple days ago we were breaking records with lows of -18 degrees. The coldest temperature I have run in to date is -1F.

    • November 19, 2014 / 10:06 pm

      MINUS 18? I can’t believe people can actually go outside in that and survive. When I left my office to go to lunch today it was 65 degrees, I had a jacket on and I was shivering! I would never survive a winter outside of Florida!

  13. November 18, 2014 / 12:30 pm

    So funny – I would trade weather with you any day!! Today we are all the way up to 30 but we have been in the teens for the past week. I’m not looking forward to winter!!!
    Glad you had a little weekend get-away!!!

    • November 19, 2014 / 10:08 pm

      But you get snow!!!!

      I guess the first snow of the year is probably fun, but then it gets old. My mom always says the day she moved to Florida and knew she’d never have to scrape her windows again was the best day of her life, haha.

  14. November 18, 2014 / 5:24 pm

    It’s all about balance! It’s nice to take some time for you and Adam 🙂

    I’m in the same boat you are. I feel like we haven’t had any other season than summer for two years now, and I can’t wait for it to cool down! It’s a little chillier in the morning/evening now which is a nice change, but I really would love some rain! They aren’t exaggerating when they talk about the Cali drought. It is dry to the bone over here. But then I read all you other people running in temps below the 60s and I reconsider my complaint 😉 I can’t imagine running in that cold!!

    • November 19, 2014 / 10:09 pm

      I just cannot imagine it either! Up in central and northern Florida it’s much colder than it is down here. My mom lives just a little above Orlando and it got down into the 20s the other night by her, but it was in the mid 60s here!

  15. November 18, 2014 / 7:53 pm

    It is 16 degrees as I write this, so it’s very hard to imagine it being so hot & humid! It’s supposed to start warming up tomorrow though. So maybe our cold air is coming your way!

    • November 19, 2014 / 10:10 pm

      BRRRRRR stay warm and drink lots of hot tea / hot chocolate!

      We had a nice cool day yesterday and today, but I think tomorrow it’s going to start warming up again! Darn!

  16. November 18, 2014 / 9:02 pm

    Sounds like you had a great getaway – glad you were able to unplug for a bit. Haha your cat… what the life 🙂

    • November 19, 2014 / 10:11 pm

      He just moves from sleeping spot to sleeping spot while sprinkling in a couple of trips to the kitchen to cry for treats! haha

  17. November 18, 2014 / 9:35 pm

    It’s 57 in Pembroke Pines right now and supposed to be 55 tomorrow morning when I’m scheduled to run…there will be gloves accompanying me in the morning…and long pants!

    • November 19, 2014 / 4:28 pm

      That is so smart! I went out last night in my normal outfit and I was freeeeeezing!