Running miles: 30 (woot woot)
Walking miles: 12
Cycling miles: 55
Running miles: 19
Walking miles: 1 (I kind of stopped recording my lunch walks)
Cycling miles: 112 (all on the trainer)
Running miles: 386
Walking miles: 125
Cycling miles: 1556
Total Human-Powered miles in 2013: 2067
As you can see, I've gotten pretty lazy with my blogging recently so I've combined my October & November recap!
I more than doubled my running miles in October (only 12 in September) so my hip is definitely getting better. It did flare up a week or two ago, so I backed off from running a little bit. Before I know it, it'll be time to start training for the Blue Ridge Half (in April), so it'd probably be a good idea to have a good base before I try to start training! I should probably get on that...
With the end of DST at the beginning of November, running after work usually means running in the dark. I really don't mind running in the dark. It's actually kind of fun, as long as you're proactive in being safe. The most important thing is to be able to SEE and BE SEEN. At a minimum, you use a decent headlamp and wear a reflective vest. Anywhere else you can incorporate reflectives or lights is an added bonus.
- I use the Black Diamond Spot Headlamp - http://blackdiamondequipment.com/en/headlamps-and-lanterns/spot-headlamp-BD620609CVGRALL1.html
- I wear the Amphipod Xinglet - http://www.amphipod.com/products/visibility/reflective-vests/xinglet
- I also put a blinking Road ID Supernova (in red) on the back of my vest: http://www.roadid.com/Common/LearnMore.aspx?PID=12
- I carry my water/phone in my Clean Bottle Runner, which also has a reflective stripe on the outside of the hand strap - http://store.cleanbottle.com/Clean-Bottle-Runner-with-Clean-Bottle-_p_35.html
- Nathan also sells a line of reflective hydration packs and handheld bottles, and they also sell a number of reflective accessories.
- RelaxReflect makes some really cool looking reflective clothing...I don't have any of their stuff though so I can't speak for the quality.
- Personal Savers makes a "Wrist Saver" that holds pepper spray, should you run into a sticky situation. It's also reflective! I don't have one of these yet, but I want one. *cough*Christmas present*cough* - http://www.personalsavers.com/wrist_pinkblack.html
- I really hate running on sidewalks because concrete is 10 times harder than asphalt (and therefore harder on your joints), but sometimes it's the safest thing to do. Just be careful not to trip! The sidewalks in my neighborhood are frequently uneven as tree roots have pushed some of them up at the seams.
- You should just assume that people don't see you. And of course always be aware of your surroundings.
- As with any run, tell someone where you're going and how long you think you'll be gone. Carry your phone with you and use the Road ID app if you have an iPhone (I previously wrote about it HERE).
Cycling in the dark (and cold), on the other hand...well, I think I'll stick to the trainer. All 112 miles in November were on the trainer, and all of them were done with the help of my new Sufferfest videos. I decided to invest in a few of these videos to make my time on the trainer a little more exciting, and I'm very glad I did. All of the videos are "fun" (in a masochistic kind of way), entertaining, and most importantly, a really great workout. All of this makes the time on the trainer go by much faster, and if you've ever spent a significant amount of time on an indoor trainer, you'll appreciate this. I'd definitely recommend these videos. So far I've done A Very Dark Place, Revolver, There is No Try, and Hell Hath No Fury...and I plan to gradually add to my collection. Most of the videos are $12.99 and IMO they are worth every penny. I'm interested to see if they make me a better cyclist once the outdoor riding season returns. I have a feeling they will, but you never know until you're out there riding.
So, those are a few of my winter running and cycling tips...if you have any you'd like to add, please share with everyone in a comment below!