Monday, January 21, 2013
First Jog in Finland (outside! brrrr...)
After being here three weeks and having several dreams about jogging (I guess subconsciously I missed it), I finally went on my first outside jog today. There was snow on the ground, like every day, and the temperature was -10*C (14*F). Man, it was cold. I had already done research on the web about what to wear. I had to buy a wind resistant jogging suit, since all the clothing I had was made to be worn inside the gym. Luckily, I found something on sale because sports gear is expensive here.
I wore Under Armour base layers under my jogging pants and jacket, gloves, and a warm hat. The base layer and jacket zipped up around my neck so no need for a scarf. For the first five minutes, I felt like I was freezing my booty off. My hands were numb, my face was numb, and my breath was ragged and icy. After 5 minutes, my body began to warm up until I was sweating! I couldn’t believe I was sweating. It felt like a relief to take my gloves off and let off some steam. If you can make it past the first 5 arctic minutes, then you are good to go! Now I have no excuses not to go jogging (well, unless it’s less than -10* outside). Plus, the jogging is a great way to actively see my neighborhood and do a little site seeing.
This is me after a 30 minute jog. Rosy, exhausted cheeks. As you can see, I am out of jogging shape. It’s been 4 jog-less weeks, and I was never a born runner anyways. Notice the piles of snow in the background. Living in Finland is definitely challenging my workout habits.