I live on the north bank of the Loire, and my normal run is along a path along the river bank. Up until this weekend it has remained quite warm, but this weekend the temperature has plumeted to just above zero with an early morning frost.
I was planning to do my sunday run in the morning as soon as it was light, but seeing the thick frost, and feeling a bit icky, I decided to leave it until I was feeling a bit more bright eyed and bushy tailed.
In the end I set out at 14h00, having left enough time for beans on toast lunch to go down. I decided to get out some of the winter running gear. Running tights with shorts over the top, skiing base layer, thin running top, running hoody, woolly hat, thin thermal gloves. I felt the nip in the air as soon as I left the house. But the sky was clear, so in the sun it felt rather warm. In the shade of the trees along the little road running down to the river however, I was glad of the extra layers of insulation.
I normally run in the early morning, it is fairly quiet then, just the odd dog walker, and fellow runer and cyclist. Early afternoon is completely different. Lots and lots of walkers, it really is quite a slarlem running between them all
This was my first longer run for a while. I'm still building up fitness since a series of injuries and colds that have kept me running only sporadically since march. This month looks like it might be my first since march running consistently 3 times a week. My normal runs at the moment are just over 5km. I decided to give the hilly route a try, and take it gently. In the end I did a fairly gentle 9km, and felt quite good afterwards. Did the normal 5 mins of stretches at the end before a 5 min warm down walk home.
Happy running folks