After the holidays I had to push my Asics plan back a few times due to really poor freezing weather - this week we just left the cold snap. Asics would not let me adjust any more runs as it was in the final weeks of the plan, so I started a new one. The only change I am making is that I am throwing in a long run maybe once a week, just to continue the training I already started. It's a bit of a mess, but that's not so unusual for my life. Today was strangely warm in the morn +12 (!) when I left the house at around 7:30. Of course the temp is dropping like a stone this aft to -10 or so and we are in for freezing rain tonight, so this morn seemed like a good opportunity to get the second long 17 in that I keep missing out on. It was a rainy morning too, but that light North Face jacket I picked up really held up and kept almost all of the rain out and my head dry. Was trying for 18k but the *$$%@!! watch died at 15 and then started up again on its own. Turns out I was low on battery. (Mental note to charge Ms. Garmin before longer runs) . Thankfully the watch kept the first run data. So I did a second short run - was almost home by then. 1.86 was recorded for that, but as I ran while Ms Garmin was sorting herself out, I’m calling this 17k :). Had a couple of walk/stop breaks during the run - one at 7k for a munch on a Cliff bar and another at 12k to change my soaking gloves for dry mitts at home along with a swig of OJ. It was like a fresh run with warmed up hands. Had to blow my nose a whack of times - using the paper towels instead of Kleenex - a tip I picked up from roseabi here - thank you - worked like a charm! Couple of hours later and my legs are not screaming in pain either. I made a point of slowing down throughout the run, but still made decent time (for me) at around a 7:37 pace average, and it seemed to be reflected in my heart zones - I am normally in 4-5 zones after running, but today was in 3-4 only which seems like a good thing.