28 degrees of perfection. How I accidentally found my ideal running temperature.
Yesterday morning I woke up bright and early, excited to go for a run along the Truckee River in Downtown Reno.
While I was packing for this trip to tour the University of Nevada with my daughter, I made sure to throw in my long sleeved Star Wars 10K tech tee and Nike compression tights because I expected it to be a little cold. You know, somewhere in the 40s.
Instead, I woke up to this.
I also had gloves, a Nike jacket and a Hollister vest I'd packed that I could throw on. So down to the casino I went for my pre-run coffee, dressed in layers and dripping in sweat. Because heaters. Casinos have heaters and they love to use them. Ugh.
After a few sips of coffee and losing a dollar at blackjack, I headed out into the cold to run.
It didn't take long for me to realize I had way too much crap on. The vest came off immediately.
The few times I really pushed my pace I found the Nike jacket to be a bit too much. Off it went as well. By the end of my run / photo walk, I was down to my gloves, tech tee & pants.
I always love short runs in different cities. Exploring and sparking up all the senses with new scenery makes running so much more enjoyable than mindlessly running the usual route at home, hamster style.
What was extra special about this run was the temperature. I always run hot, and have been struggling to find races in cooler temperatures. Now that I know what feels good, I can hopefully find the perfect race location for a big PR in 2015!
I ordered breakfast to go on the way back up to our room, and while I waited I had a glass of bubbly.
Even after 2 years of running, I'm still learning what works best for me and tweaking my training to fit my goals. I don't plan on moving from California anytime soon, so the pleasure of training in this great weather may never happen for me again - but I will definitely be seeking out races in cooler locations. Feel free to hit me up with your suggestions!