Baby, It’s Cold Outside

…like really cold outside!  I had to sit in my car for several minutes this morning before I could see out of the front windscreen to drive off to work.

Despite everyone grumbling about the cold I much prefer running at this time of year to when it’s really hot.  I sweat a ridiculous amount in the Summer, even when wearing just shorts and a vest and there’s no way of getting away from the heat.  In Winter, it’s easy enough to add more layers and I feel much more in control of my body temperature on a run.

Yesterday it absolutely tipped it down nearly all day long.  I had initially planned on making the Wing Cross-Country race, but Dan and I didn’t return from Wolverhampton until 2am that morning where we had been with friends celebrating at an engagement meal.  I must have slept through my 7am alarm (NEVER happens) because it was 8:15am by the time I woke and not leaving me enough time to drive the 90 minutes to the cross-country start.  Although for weeks I’d been warned of this race being famous for it’s cow slurry pass.  The constant rain can’t have made that part too pleasant and this evening on Facebook I was laughing over pictures like this one of our club Chairman making his way through the smelly slurry.

Tony at Wing cross-country(From the Olney Runners website.)

Seeing the pictures and reading the stories on Facebook perhaps makes me a little thankful that I didn’t make the race!

Instead yesterday I threw on some shorts and a long sleeved top and cap and headed out for what I initially intended on being a ‘long run’.  Although the battering rain and flooded roads caused me to cut my run short and turn home by mile 5 feeling very soggy but smug as I didn’t pass a single other runner (very rare on a Sunday morning!)

A wet run

(Please excuse the pile of clothes and folder behind me.  Should have cleared the floor before heading out for a run!)

Last weekend when I was in Gower I got chatting to a couple of the guys that train purely using data from their heart rate monitors.  This is something I have looked into in the past, but never really understood.  One of the guys very helpfully sent me over some links which had helped him.

When I log into my Garmin Connect account I can set my Resting Heart Rate and Maximum Heart Rate which then works out the other zones I need to train in.

Heart rate zones

I’m still playing around with it, trying to understand which zone I need to be in when and how I can train and race by heart rate but I had a great run on Sunday morning sticking to one zone whilst running an easy run.

Constant heart rate


I’m happy to accept any information about training by heart rate as it really is taking a long while for me to understand it all.

Have you ever trained by monitoring your heart rate?
Are you a fan of running in the rain?


12 thoughts on “Baby, It’s Cold Outside

  1. Urgh that cow slurry looks horrible! I don’t mind mud, but I really do not like stuff like that. One of my friends got really ill once after getting stuff like that on her face (working at her parents’ farm) so I always worry about it more now too.
    I don’ mind when it is raining, although I do get fed up with my glasses getting wet as I can’t see so well then. If it starts once I am out then it is not so bad, but getting out of the door while it is already raining is harder!
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    1. I did read a few reports sent round over the weekend about slurry, although I’ve not had any personal encounters with it before.
      I struggle to run in glasses normally, but can’t imagine how difficult it must be when it’s raining as well and you can’t see anything! I wear contacts, and that’s difficult enough as the rain water often tries to wash them out of my eyes. Wearing a cap in the rain has helped me loads though and the water tends to miss my eyes now.

  2. It’s bloody freezing, I went for a quick mile at 6am and it was so cold, I kept my pyjama leggings on under my shorts ha! I also got drenched on my run yesterday! I’ve got a HR monitor but never found it too useful, no matter how hard I tried on interval runs for example my HR would never be above around 150, when the zones said it was “supposed” to be much higher, it’s kind of an interesting one, and I can’t remember who (might be RIch Roll) in a book utilised it a lot when they first started running.
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    1. You are braver than me! I struggled to sit downstairs to eat breakfast at 6am without shivering!
      I don’t know a whole lot about Rich Roll but I just Googled him and I’m interested to find out more…

  3. Have you read “The Cool Impossible”? It’s a running book by the man who coached the author of Born To Run to help him run the ultra in he book. There’s a lot in there about heart rate training and most of it went way over my head but its an interesting read if you’re thinking of getting into that type of training.

  4. It has got so cold. My long run on Sunday was just belting it down the entire time as well. I almost wore my shorts but then thought hmmm better to wear the capris I think. I did see quite a few runners tho – and cyclists, who I felt very sorry for as I know truly how cold it is on a bike in the rain. You just don’t warm up like you do when running. I did have a panic though when I got in and became quite cold while I was eating my breakfast before showering and being aware that despite turning the thermostat up really high, the heating wasn’t turning on. OMG without Ben I am clueless with this stuff. I spent the day in a blanket basically until randomly it turned on! Thank god!!
    I don’t really know about HR training. I probably should do it more – especially with my long runs to ensure I’m actually going easy instead of just *thinking* I’m going easy. But my strap rubbed so much over the summer I’m loathe to wear it again…the marks have only just faded! We’ll see…
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    1. I always have the layer debate when I run in the rain. I heat up so quickly when running that often I find shorts are the only answer!
      Glad your heat came on the end. Our shower stopped working the day before I ran Shires and Spires 35m earlier this year and I was panicking that I would not be able to shower after running 35miles! Dan is rubbish at this sort of stuff too, but luckily the husband of one of the ladies I ran the race with was a plumber so he popped round to fix our problem. We have a log burner so as long as I have matches we will always have heat this Winter!
      I’ve been amazed at how much slower my long training runs *should* be since looking at the heart rate training studd. Going by my heart rate has also given me confidence that my body is still doing OK, whereas when you go by pace, you have no idea how your body is feeling in the lead up to get to that pace.

  5. It did get a bit chilly didn’t it! I had to have a hot water bottle in bed! I can remember looking at the data for my HR when I used to run, it was always quite high so no wonder I suffered from burn out! I think using for training must be pretty effective.

    1. I haven’t had a hot water bottle in so long but I need to dig mine out again ready for the Winter. There’s nothing better at this time of year than going to bed with a hot chocolate and a nice warm bottle to cosy up to!

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