Having signed up for my local 5K Santa Dash, I thought I’d better do some training to make sure that I can still manage to run the distance. My running has been off and on (mostly off) for the last few weeks due to injury and the last thing I want to do is make things worse, but I am aware that my fitness level has dropped quite a bit so I wanted to do something to keep myself on track.
So, this morning, I woke up early and headed for the seafront for a 5K run. I can’t remember the last time I went that far without walking so I was keen to see how I would cope, not just with the distance but with the drop in temperature as well.
I don’t really have any proper running clothes so I pulled on a hoody over my t-shirt to stop myself from freezing. This seemed to work and I felt pretty good for the first half of the run. The sleeves are long and loose so they were good for keeping my hands warm too.
At about 3K, however, I was starting to feel a bit too warm. I don’t mind getting hot and sweaty when I’m running. It’s just part of it, but this didn’t feel right. I didn’t want to stop, even for just a few seconds, so I somehow managed to wriggle the hoody off and over my head while still running. This wasn’t easy and there was one scary second in which I couldn’t see where I was going, but thankfully I managed to get out of it without bumping into anything.
It felt much better running in a just t-shirt again, but it was annoying having to carry my excess baggage for the rest of the run.
In the end though, I didn’t quite manage the full 5K. I’m not sure why, but even though I’d cooled down a bit, I just didn’t feel right. So I quit at about 4.7K and headed home, which was just as well as my stomach started protesting about something.
It may have been something I’d eaten or perhaps I was dehydrated, but at one point I thought I wouldn’t make it home. Luckily I don’t live too far from the seafront, so I managed to make it back to my flat and the bathroom before anything nasty happened, but it was a close call!
Anyway, I feel fine now, so it’s all good. I’m going to put it down to overheating and plan to buy myself a proper long sleeved running top for future cold weather running. I may even splash out on one or two other running related items if my bank balance can handle it.
How do you cope with cold weather running? What kit would you recommend? Please share your thoughts in the comments?