I'm not sure exactly when it happened. But somewhere in the past year plus, I became a total sissy when it comes to the cold. Partly because I get this strange arthritic pain in my left wrist when exposed to colder temps (usually 60 degrees or below). But also overall...I just get cold easier.
I have a theory that my loss in weight/body fat % can largely be attributed to this. At the tail end of my stress fracture recovery period in late 2009, my weight ballooned up to the low 190s. I was still trying to remain active by mountain biking and going to the gym but nothing could replace running. I'm sure it didn't help that I still ate like I was running 40-60 miles a week.
December 2009, in heavier times.
December 2010, in leaner times.
Fast forward to present day where I am about 20+ pounds lighter and body fat is right at or below 10%. These days I can't step outside without at least a pair of gloves, arm or long sleeves. A couple of nights ago with temps in the 50s, I went out on a double-digit run donning a pair of gloves and arm warmers thinking I'd ditch them at some point. They never came off.
Add to it that I find myself either scheduling runs based on the weather or skipping them entirely if conditions are too "cold". What the hell happened to me?
Ideal no more.
I know most runners relish running in cool temps like we're having but I increasingly and uncharacteristically find myself pining for summer-like temperatures in the 70-80s again.
Guess living in LA all these years finally caught up to me and is making me soft. That, or I need to start doubling up on my caloric intake.