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A Taste of Winter

Posted by Chrissy Horan  November 24, 2013 11:25 PM

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Although I can’t wrap my head around the fact that Thanksgiving is Thursday, it IS still November and still Fall. But if you ran this weekend, it felt more like January.

With the weekend’s temperature high taking place at midnight on Friday, it was all down hill from there. I ran Saturday morning, possibly the friendliest of the daylight hours to run this weekend. However, even though the temperature was around 42 degrees, the winds were kicking up at 15-25 mph. This was great as I ran with a tailwind the first 6 miles of my 12 mile run along the Charles. However, after crossing the Mass Ave bridge, my pace slowed by up to 25 seconds per mile and at times I felt like I was gasping for air as I ran into the wind.

Oh, there may be gaps of warmer, more fall-ish weather still to come, but this weekend was a harsh reminder of what running in Boston during the winter feels like. Today, fortunately was my strength training day, so I didn’t feel guilty as I layered up to walk from the parking lot to the gym, before peeling down to shorts and a tee shirt once inside.

My recently new-runner cousin, Liz, has texted me several times in the last month with cold weather running questions. Her most frequently asked question remains, “How do you do this in the cold??” In additional to good gear and understanding how to layer, I shared with her my biggest tip for staying motivated – have a race to train for that will get you out the door for your weekly runs. And while I will be training for the Boston Marathon this winter, I also may have just promised Liz I’d run a half marathon in Brooklyn this winter as well.

Despite my lack of enthusiasm for the upcoming season’s weather, I will avoid the treadmill to the greatest extent possible. Including tomorrow morning. It’s not looking particularly warm.

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And so I may stand in my hot shower for a few extra minutes to thaw tomorrow morning post-run. And perhaps I’ll wear my compression sleeves under my pants at work until my skin warms up (which means probably all day). But as a runner in Boston, I know it won’t be the last morning I see like this over the next few months. I can’t say I welcome the arrival, but it might almost be time to say “Hello, Winter.”

As always, let me know what you think and what’s going on in your running community. Post comments here or email me at

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     Chrissy Horan has been running around Boston and nearby neighborhoods since 2000. An athlete through high school and college, she has found the running community in Boston to More »

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