When I dropped the kids off at the bus this morning it was so sunny and crisp outside so I decided that I was not going to go the gym today. I also had a bit more time then usually because I did not have to pick Mira up from school, so I thought I wait to let it get a little bit warmer outside before heading out. Meanwhile I thought I pay some attention to the house that I’ve been neglecting for the past few days. I do like to have a tidy house when the weekend comes around, I started the laundry machine and checked the temperature and it was still negative 4 degrees Celsius. But what can you do? It’s like that old saying in Swedish “There is no bad weather, only bad clothing” (Sound much better in Swedish). So I layered up put on my hat and gloves and went outside and started to run.
I decided that I would do a longer run than what I usual do so I didn’t push like I do on my regular run, but I still thought it went ok. I always use the “run-keeper app” on my phone so I can compare my runs, and now I have a good starting point for this new track. Apparently you use up to 15% more energy when you are running in cold weather, the reason for it is that the body needs to keep your body parts warm i.e. lips, cheeks, neck etc. so right there you have an extra reason for using what you have on the other side of your front door.
I also enjoy running outside so much more than on the treadmill, you meet people who is walking, running, rollerblading (not too many today) and when your eyes meet you have this implicit understanding “we are on the same kind of track, you and me”. When I made it home 46 minutes later the washing machines was done and ready for the next load.