What can I say? I love to run. I've run 4 full marathons and 6 halfs. But I love God more and I'm determined to run this race of life for Him to receive the ultimate prize of Heaven. I'd like to share my thoughts with you. You can agree or disagree. Comment or don't. You can read or not read. But it's here if you want it. Enjoy! .

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Nosing my Ipod


Brrrrrrr. It's Fuh-Reeezing out there!! I'm proud of myself. I did my long run this morning. I'll admit that I debated it ever so briefly when my alarm went off at 4:40AM. I knew it was going to be so cold out there and I quickly asked myself, "Do I really need to run 12 miles? 12? I could sleep another hour and just run 5 or 6." But that quickly passed. I put on my hat and gloves and set out in low teen temps. It was soooo cold. It's hard the first couple of miles. After that it does get easier to bear the cold.

Here's the thing....I couldn't do it without the gloves. My hands can't take the extreme cold. The problem.....I can't work my Ipod with my gloves on and I can't take my gloves off after a couple of miles. Why you ask? My gloves are thick. They aren't even running gloves. They are just regular winter...play in the snow...gloves. So my hands sweat in them. So if I take them off, they are too wet to put my hands back in. This morning on mile 3, my Ipod starting messing with me. First one headphone went out. Then the volume mysteriously went up too loud. I groaned and took my glove off and fixed it all. Then I struggled to get the wet glove back on. Then, around mile 6, I needed to turn the Ipod dial to a new selection. I wasn't about to take that glove off again so I was in a bit of a pickle. I thought - what can I use to change this Ipod. I tried to use my gloved hand but Ipod doesn't read glove when you are turning the round part. Just FYI in case you didn't know. Apparently Ipod needs bare skin. How does it know? Ipods are apparently pretty smart. Anyways, I didn't have a lot of exposed bare skin because of the afore mentioned extreme coldness. So I used one of the few exposed parts....my nose. I moved my (runny, but effective) nose around the Ipod dial to change my music selection. It worked! Side note....you might not want to use my Ipod now or my gloves for that matter. But it worked! I was proud of my resourcefullness. Is that a word? I'm sure if anyone was looking out of their home or driving by, they thought I was using my Ipod as a Kleenex but I wasn't. I was using it as a Ipod dial turner. It does work. So there's my running tip of the week.

Noses work on Ipods.

And you thought this blog was pointless!!

Like I said, it wasn't too hard after I ran a few miles but it was a little painful when I got home. I was pretty red all over from the cold and not to get too personal here, but I had to shower pretty soon after I got home to get ready for church and the hot water on my cold body actually hurt pretty bad. Guess I didn't let my body warm up naturally or something. It's supposed to get even colder this week. But I plan to keep running. Can't stop now.

Good luck to all those running the Disney marathon this coming weekend!! I plan to be there next year. Can't wait! Until then....

Keep runnin',


  1. I have have had the same issues with my ipod. I have stopped carrying it on short runs in this cold weather.

  2. Great post, I applaud your innovation, I never have thought to use my nose. Thanks for motivating me to get out in the cold.

    What I do up in MN (when the temp is 20F to -20F) is wear cheap cotton or thinsulate gloves inside of fleece mittens, hands stay nice and warm and if I need to remove a glove my hands are dry.

    Forgot to get back to you, Disney is out for budget reasons for 2011, maybe 2012. It's the early sign-up that complicates things.

  3. I usually bring a towel to dry off my hands when they are wet from glove-sweat. I bring a carabiner to hold the towel. I wear a nylon rope around my neck to hold the carabiner. Of course, I wear a turtleneck to stop the rope from irritating my nape. On warmer days, I exchange the full turtleneck for a dickey, which is much cooler.