I ran 14 miles this morning in 10 degrees weather. I met up with my friends the Sue(s) @ 7:30, all filled up with oatmeal, blueberries and coffee, as well as the excitement of having company for the first 10 miles of the run. To our surprise, the Arlington bikepath was filled with runners from the Dana Farber Boston Marathon charity group, and this got me excited about running the Boston course in March and April. We kept the pace pretty slow, which was fine with me, and chatted comfortably for the first couple of miles, and uncomfortably for the last miles due to the cold - I speak with a slight accent, and when you add slurring from the fact that my face is 1/2 frozen, well, it's pretty hard to understand what I am saying. About 5 miles into the run our water bottles were completely frozen, which meant no Nuun or water for the rest of the run! I think next time I am going to fill one of my bottles with hot water (seriously!). To top this off, when I got home I experienced the worst case of cold weather urticaria. I have been getting this on and off in really cold weather, since I was a kid. No, I am not willing to take drugs for it (I am as anti s as meds as one can be). The only thing that stopped me from scratching the soul out of my butt and thighs was the fact that I am planning on swimming tomorrow and I don't want to start any rumours at the neighbourhood YMCA!
14 miles @ 8:11; first 10 @ 8:30, last 4 @ 7:28.
On a different note I finally purchased a scale. I rarely weigh myself bc I can tell when I gain or lose weight (though interestingly my weight does not change based on training, but my body shape does). However, I just finished reading "Racing weight" by Matt Fitzgerald and became really curious about finding out my body fat %. Thanks to google shopping I found a scale with great reviews for little money (yay for me). I set it at the Athlete Mode based on the fact that I probably exercise for 9-10 hours/week (including stretching and strength training). The weight was accurate, but I got a body fat percentage of 11.7 the first day, 12.5 the next, and 12.00 the third day. I know these vary based on hydration, etc, and the variation is pretty small. Still, these numbers are v low and there is no way I have this little fat. My BMI is a healthy 19.4. DO any of you used these scales and have any idea about their accuracy? Am I doing something wrong using it? Should I not pick the athlete mode? I looked on line and found that the body fat range for women elite runners is 12-20%. However, I find it hard to believe that Paula or Kara have that much fat on their bodies or that I have that little.
Happy Running and stay warm! We are getting about 10 inches this afternoon or tomorrow, and I am super excited to go sledding! The only way to survive New England winters is to embrace it and enjoy it!
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