Fish Out of Water

Musings and observations about life from an East Coast native now living on the Left Coast in the California State Capitol since 2004. This fish has made her home in Madison, WI (7 years); Portland, OR (2 years); Las Vegas, NV (7 months); Middlebury, VT (3 summers); Marne-la-Vallee, a small town east of Paris, France (6 months); Middletown, CT (3 years); and Marshfield, MA, the fish's coastal hometown 40 miles south of Boston (17 years).

Location: Sacramento, California, United States


Day 218: Cold Weather Running

I'm visiting A & R in Louisville this weekend and meeting Mr. FMV for the first time (we'd met previously via Skype). Although Louisville is in Kentucky, which suggests the South, it's really much more Midwestern in many ways, including for climate and weather.

For example, last night the temps dropped to 26 degrees, and there was frost all over the lawns and rooftops this morning when I went out for a run. In Sacramento, we do get temps in the high 30s overnight and into the early morning during the winter, and that's when I have a "3-layer" day for running gear, i.e. 3 long-sleeve tops + running pants + gloves + hat.

I decided today would be a 4-layer + 2-layer day, as I haven't done cold weather running with temps in the 20s for many years.  So I had a workout tank + 3 long-sleeve tops + running capris & running pants + gloves + hat. 

With all of those layers, my hour-long run was cold but beautiful, with sunny blue skies and brilliant fall-coloured leaves, and I could actually enjoy the crisp winter chill in the air. I was quite grateful for the long-sleeved fleece that A had passed on to me, as I otherwise wouldn't have had that 4th layer available to keep me warm!


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