Winter Running Gear Doesn’t Mean Success

On Sunday morning, determined to get my running mojo back (the winter is an evil, evil, mojo stealer), I went to Paragon Sports in the city and spent a large sum of money on technical winter running gear. The items? An Asics Thermopolis long sleeve top (below) and a Brooks windbreaker type jacket. I argued: this is an investment in my health, as I handed the cashier my credit card. I told him this theory and he agreed. I felt good.

After a fun, silly, long brunch–there’s no other way to do it–with two other NYC bloggers Leslie and Sofia, I planned an afternoon run. I got back to Brooklyn, digested for a hot minute, and donned my new gear. I have a tendency (bad habit, laziness, impatience.. whatever) to buy clothes without trying them on. The thermopolis shirt in a size xs fit perfect, the Brooks jacket in size xs = not so good. The sleeves landed just at my wrists which doesn’t lend well to ‘end-of-the-sleeve-grabbage’ while on a cold run. I know you know what I mean.

I made due with my shopping ignorance by pulling the shirtsleeves through the jacket and over my hands. Score.

All this effort was for nothing though. I got outside, started down the block. And stopped. It didn’t feel good! wtf? It always feels good. I was confused. I walked for one block then started up again. Negative. Still not good. I repeated the walk one, run one twice more and went in. LAME LACEY. Yeah. Bullocks.

I am going to return the jacket, but keep the shirt and hopefully try again soon. Note for winter gear buyers: the shirt kept me warm, but the thin, windbreaker (one-freakin-hundred-dollar) jacket wasn’t good. It held the wet that the other technical shirt was trying to wick away right against my skin. Lose.

In more news: no running or activity means bad sleeping. I am just not tired at night. So I figured, what the hell, and went to the gym (gasp!) after work today to have some fun. Yes, have some fun. I was actually looking forward to just wingin’ it.

First back to the gym workout (lists always make the workout look hardcore):

  • 10 minute warm-up on the treadmill at 5mph up to 6mph
  • 3×12 on a machine that works back + biceps–i should’ve looked at the name
  • 1×8 on a chest press that wasn’t set up for my height and I almost pulled a muscle in my chest so I stopped. I definitely looked like that girl who doesn’t know a thing about weights. Truth.
  • 3×10 bicep curls with 10lb weights
  • 3×10 shoulder raises with 5lb weights
  • 3×8 push ups
  • 2×30 bicycle crunches
  • 10 minute cool-down on the treadmill at an incline at 6mph down to 5mph
  • 5 minutes of walking jammin’ out to my ipod cuz it felt good.

I dug the gym. It was different. Maybe I’ll get stronger and avoid twenty degree weather windburn and hypothermia. Okay, I’m being extreme. But still.

P.S. To help me fall asleep lately, I’ve been reading a poem anthology book. This quote is from a poem called “Frost at Midnight” by Samuel Taylor Coleridge. It captures an essence of NYC for me:

“This populous village! Sea, and hill, and wood,

With all the numberless goings-on of life,

Inaudible as dreams!”

… aaand goodnight.

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8 responses to “Winter Running Gear Doesn’t Mean Success

  1. Love the poem quote!! I like reading random things before I go to bed. Sorry about the jacket. I’m the opposite. I have to try on everything 10 times before I spent money on it.

    • i am even worse in the winter when i argue that i’m too cold to take my clothes off to try anything on haha. i wish i was more precise like you! glad you like the poem 🙂

  2. that sucks about the jacket! i’m eyeing this one over here: http://www.nbwebexpress.com/detail.asp?type=WMAPJV&style=WRJ9303

    and if you’re not feelin’ it, don’t push it. i dig the gym sometimes. if it gets colder (below 20 degrees), i’ll probably be there a lot more than i’ll admit to this winter. ha. love that strength training. maybe if i bullet point my weight-lifting goals i’ll feel more accomplished…

  3. I am the same way. I have such a hard time sleeping at night without getting in some sort of physical activity!

  4. i go to harbor fitness, a local gym with two locations, one of which is one block away from me, the other in bay ridge. they have pretty neat fitness classes (yoga, weird cardio fusions, spinning) — though i rarely take advantage. all the machines are new and the place is huge — all for sixty bucks/ month. i know i wouldn’t get this kind of deal in manhattan. BK love.

  5. Pingback: The Secret to Successful Winter Running « She Runs Brooklyn

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