First wintery run of the season

Yesterday was a cold and miserable winter's day, despite the official start of winter being some 5 weeks away. The temperature peaked at 3°C (38°F for the metrically challenged), it was windy and it rained with some sleet for most of the day.

Being a bit of a fair weather runner, I was in two minds whether or not to go out in such miserable conditions, knowing full well that I'd be in for a good soaking! However, I have a goal to get fitter in time for the Bolsover 10K in mid December, so needs must. Not only that, but I spent a fair amount of cash on a wind and waterproof running jacket a couple of months ago, and it needed a performance evaluation.

Now it has to be said that I pride myself on being a hardy Northerner and will run in shorts even when the weather is 0°C or slightly below outside. However, I hate the combination of wind and sleet so I slipped into my trusty pair of RonHill Bikester DXB tights to try to keep some warmth in my muscles. I tend to wear these a few times over winter on the coldest of days or if the wind is up, but other than that shorts are best.

Completing the rather fetching outfit with a woolly hat and a pair of running gloves, I was ready to go.

It actually turned out to be quite a nice run, except when the rain/sleet was blowing straight into my face. I managed to average 12.4km/hr (7.65mph), which is a little faster than my normal training pace of around 12km/hr, but it felt easy - even up the hills. Total distance was 15.2km (9.4 miles). I'm glad I made the effort to go out!

Late yesterday evening it snowed heavily and we had about 5cm before the snow turned to rain. By this morning the snow had completely disappeared again. This was the story of last winter, but it has come earlier this year, so I'm hopeful for a nice cold winter with plenty of snowfall.

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