So I took a huge first step for me in my running experiments, and ran outside. In winter! To say I was nervous before would be a gigantic lying understatement…I was terrified. What if I was too cold? What if I couldn’t run anymore? What if all the strange Swiss people stared at me like I was crazy. Ha – well that last one wouldn’t matter after having experienced many runs through the streets of Asuncion! Perhaps , from here on out, we should refer to this as the Zurich Winter Running Experiment.
I was dressed like a champion: full length thermal leggings, thermal long sleeved Nike running shirt with a little bit of a turtle neck and thumb holes (love thumb holes!), short socks (oops), North Face Fleece, fleece lined gloves and a thick fleece headband. I headed out of A’s apartment and onto the streets of the old city. The feeling of fear was washed away as I felt my feet hit the cobble stones and the faces of those around me watched in…was that admiration?
Zurich is truly a beautiful city. It is divided in half by a long river which opens up into Lake Zurich. Lake Zurich is not only massive, but it’s completely surrounded by snowcapped mountains and picturesque homes. Not to mention the Swiss were thoughtful enough to build a walking/running/biking path along the entirety of the water’s edge. It is truly the perfect place to run or even just relax, as you can’t beat the views! And, oddly, it never seems to get icy here – so it’s even better for outdoor activities!
So on my first run a few days ago, I learned the valuable lesson that I could in fact run in the winter, and that at 30 degrees I needed much more layering than at 40 degrees, (when I was dying of heat from the fleece and gloves!) I even managed to run over 5 miles on my second run! Granted, there were many little pauses and stretch points along the way, but I’m still proud I did it! And now I know that with each run it will start to get easier again.
So far, my Zurich Winter Running Experiment is going well!