Archive | January 17, 2012

Chilly air, Training, running, iPods…


The mercury has fallen… And I cannot run outside…

My New Years resolution to become closer with and embrace nature and the frosty Canadian air on outdoor runs has already fallen through the cracks. My running clothes have been safely stowed away in the car since rejoicing about my one outdoor run this year…

This Sunday past, I had all good intentions of slipping on the tights, (and cape) multiple shirts, hat and gloves and heading out into the chilly morning air until I saw a temperature of -22, with the windchill, and decided the best place for this cat was on the treadmill!

I took note of previous experiences in temperatures similar and the frozen appendages that come with it…

Completed 10.5 miles, 35 as planned for the week…

1.18 later, I was finally able to dismount the treadmill, emotionally fatigued…

Having lots of time to contemplate many useless facts during this run, I questioned why gyms must put large clocks in front of the treadmills. Almost as if to taunt users to not hog them as long… It’s like the devil to anyone completing a run longer than 20 minutes…

On the subject of gym treadmills, I also dislike treadmills with the built-in TV’s. They make me feel claustrophobic… No matter how bad you attempt to concentrate on something, like looking out the window, the TV is in the way.

Off topic, I have a third running annoyance, MP3 players… I don’t consistently listen to music while I run, I run better without generally, but the handful of iPod shuffles I have gone through damaged from wear and sweat, I now buy refurbished units… I even bought a fancy 2nd or 3rd generation iPod shuffle (not really fancy) that didn’t last 2 weeks due to manufacturing defects, sweat and moisture penetrating the control cord because it is not sealed properly.

I might have to splurge and buy an iPod touch although I am worried that would also malfunction… My question is, how to make these units last? One of those fancy cases or arm straps??

The temperatures are again on the rise… 8 degrees tomorrow… definitely a day for running outside.

Cheers

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