Today’s happy fun gym time was 3 miles on the dang treadmill, progressively turning it up– 35:10 overall. It was all going well until the last mile, then I pooped out and it started to get really hard, but I hung in there and finished strong.
The weather is absolutely not cooperating with my outdoor exercise plans– it’s been below freezing since Sunday, with plenty of wind and overnight lows in the single digits. And this weekend we’re forecast to get a ton of snow. I like a good blizzard as much as any displaced Upper Midwesterner, but it does put a damper on running plans. (On the other hand, snow shoveling is great exercise…)
The cold, dry weather has been doing a number on my skin, too. The Body Shop’s coconut body butter is my best friend right now (bonus: it smells like a beach) and I’m going through hand lotion by the quart. It seems like I wash my hands a billion times a day, and they’re always cracked, scaly, red and angry.
I’m sure daily showering isn’t very good for my skin this time of year, but since I work up a good stinky, salty sweat every day it’s hard to skip it. I’m trying to wash sparingly, with minimal mild soap, and use water that isn’t too hot (even if a hot shower sounds wonderful) and moisturize immediately afterward. Anyone got any products or tips for keeping angry skin at bay in the cold, especially after getting sweaty?