Friday Fitness News: Bummer News

Over the years that I’ve volunteered with disabled athletes, and become one myself (sort of), I have learned a lot from my newfound friendships.

Love Achilles!

Love Achilles!

-You don’t have to have sight to see who your friends are or complete multiple marathons. 

-You don’t have to have all your limbs in tact to hold people in your embrace or beat 90% of the racing field.

-Only you define your limits and they are endless, including competing in triathlons.

We have all been inspired by the Special Olympics and this summer’s groundbreaking news of a disabled athlete, double amputee Oscar Pistorius, competing against able-bodied athletes. Sadly, it seems that image of Pistorius-the-Great is gone now that he’s been charged with murdering his model girlfriend on Valentine’s Day. As the story unfolds, it continues to be a very sad, shocking, and disappointing situation.

Oscar "The Bullet" Pistorius seems like an eerie nickname now. (Image courtesy of the Washington Post)

Oscar “The Bullet” Pistorius seems like an eerie nickname now. (Image courtesy of the Washington Post)

In other news…

Brrrrrrrr!!!!

Brrrrrrrr!!!!

 

 

And that’s the news this week, friends. Don’t forget the lulunatics meet tomorrow at 9am for 8 miles in Central Park. Come run with us…if it’s not snowing like crazy or icey. Eeeeeeek!

Now go out and run!

The Case for Clothes

What? WHAT?!?!

What? WHAT?!?!

How are these people still alive?

I just cannot fathom running in shorts in 20° weather that feels like 9°. Truthfully, I mostly cannot believe I go outside and run in that weather AT ALL, but I sometimes do. But in shorts?

No.

Hell no.

(Image courtesy of Runner's World)

(Image courtesy of Runner’s World)

We all know what frostbite is, yes? In freezing temperatures, blood is busy keeping our internal organs going (so we don’t die) and bypasses other stuff, like skin, and then the skin dies. Organs > skin where blood flow is concerned.

How does this apply to running in the cold? I mean, I sweat no matter how cold it is outside. Buuuuuut, were I not dressed properly, I guarantee you I would neither sweat nor would I ever warm up.

In order for your body to reach maximum potential while running, muscles have to be warmed up. When you’re properly clothed, the body doesn’t have to waste precious energy keeping your skin warm so it doesn’t die and fall off.

Bundled up and down.

Bundled up and down.

Blood (ie. energy) goes to the muscles that are firing while running instead of skin. When you are half-naked in the cold, your body wastes energy trying to keep you warm instead of fueling your quads and hammys for an awesome run.

These are MY runners. You'll notice they're all bundled up and ready to run in the cold AND the snow. I heart my runners.

These are MY runners. You’ll notice they’re all bundled up and ready to run in the cold AND the snow. I heart my runners.

Which way do you think you can get a better workout: properly protected from the elements or half-frozen and with nearly frostbitten skin? I promise you those paper thin running pants aren’t going to cause you to overheat and die. I promise. You might even find yourself *gasp* running faster when dressed warmer.

:)

Ok, I’m off my soapbox now. And if I see you in the park in shorts and a tank top in less than 40° weather, I promise I will try not to lecture you about your state of undress. I don’t know your world. It might be a cold world and you’re from Antarctica (or Minnesota) so this ain’t nuthin.

Dress warm!

Dress like an eskimo. Only eyeballs are visible.

Dress like an eskimo. Only eyeballs are visible.

Now go out and run.

Friday Fitness News: A Smörgåsbord

It has been bitter cold in NYC this week. I’m one of the crazy runners who hit the pavement for a few cold runs and pretty immediately regretted it. What an idiot.

Frrrrrrozzzzzen Abby.

Frrrrrrozzzzzen Abby.

Thank goodness for the sunshine that kept my exposed face warm. By the way, I’ve been sporting my Run: Bundle Up Jacket all week and I am loving it for the sub-30° runs.

So what’s happening in the fitness world this week? Well, the fallout from the ING New York City Marathon 2012 comes to a relative close, as today is THE LAST DAY TO CHOOSE YOUR RACE CANCELLATION RESOLUTION or you lose everything. Mind you, runners only get entry into one of the races offered, they still have to pay the fees associated with the race itself. Wah-wah.

These are the options. Choose wisely, friends.

These are the options. Choose wisely, friends.

(I say get your money back. Who wants to pay $500+ for a marathon?)

Good morning, Vermont!

Good morning, Vermont!

Run with me!

Run with me!

PSA: If you’ve ever benefitted from physical therapy, consider running the NYU DPT 5K this March. Portions of race entry goes to raising money for research and I’ll be there running with my classmates. Join me! It’s in Prospect Park. Details here.

Don’t forget our lululemon Long Run Team meets tomorrow at 9am at the E. 66th St. store (temporary location during renovation: 1142 3rd ave, between 66th and 67th Sts.

Now go out and run!

 

Running Schizo

Good morning, everyone! Wow. You’d think that with all the “time off” I’ve had in the past three weeks that I’d have posted more often.

Yeah, hence the quotations.

Yes, three weeks is a nice, long time. However, three weeks with two major holidays during two of the three weeks and a weekend trip to Florida kills the “three weeks” notion dead.

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

Wah. Wah. Wah. I know.

It HAS been nice to run in the middle of the {freezing cold} day.

Holy brrrrrrrrrr!!! Batman.

Holy brrrrrrrrrr!!! Batman.

Necessary items these past few weeks: What The Fluff (reversible) vest, Sugoi long brushed running tights, Run Swiftly Long Sleeve, In Stride jacket, Saucony cold weather running mittens, and Run Brisk headband.

Average temperature on my runs of late: 27 degrees (feels like 17). I. Am. Freezing. when I start and just fine by the end. Even had to strip my gloves a few times.

Then, off to FL where I almost died from the humidity.

Note to self: get smaller tank tops & never let my MIL take photos of me. She's, like, a foot shorter and we all know how bottom-up photos look. Eeeek.

Note to self: get smaller tank tops & never let my MIL take photos of me. She’s, like, a foot shorter and we all know how bottom-up photos look. Eeeek.

Necessary items: Run: Turnaround shorts, Scoop Me tank top (which I now see is a size too big…), iTunes for motivation, and Oakley Urgency shades. My hair didn’t like it so much either (see: all family pictures taken after we got off the plane).

Dead.

Dead.

Yet another reason why I will never move to Florida: You can’t run there without dying. I don’t know how you FL runners do it.

It’s tough for bodies to go from running in freezing cold to extreme heat & humidity. A couple of precautions:

  1. Warm up. Let your body adjust accordingly before you get into your workout.
  2. Hydrate. Both cold & heat dehydrate you in their own special way.
  3. Dress accordingly. Longer post on winter dressing to come but it’s important to layer up or strip down, depending on where you are. Example: no black crops in the sun.

You snow birds must be experts at this. Btw, back in NYC and it’s 50°. Yahooo!

Have you ever gone from one climate to the other and run successfully? What are your tricks? Did you travel this holiday season? Are you as bummed out about school starting as I am? Tell me all about it.

Now go out and run.