Day 92: a BITTER cold #run

This morning I woke up feeling so-so. It took me a long time to rally and get my head wrapped around the idea of running in -27 (even if it was a short one). About an hour after I intended on hitting the pavement – and two cups of coffee later – I finally got out. Boy OH boy, was it cold!! I don’t think any amount of mental preparedness gets you ready for anything colder than -10. I wrapped a scarf around me several times, had a thick long sleeve + my difference maker jacket, hat and leather gloves and I was still frozen. I want to tell you that after ten minutes of warming up, it was fine and not bitter cold, but I’d be lying. It was so cold that half-way through, my phone which was charged to 100% shut off. TOTALLY OFF. So I have no stats for today. I had icicles on my eyelids, scarf, nose, hair, hat – everywhere! When I finally made it home, my thighs were raw red – even though the water in the shower was cold, it felt hot. Incredible – eh? The physical part of running wasn’t too bad, but it was hella slippery. It was lightly snowing when I left, so there was a light dusting on the ice when I got out and I have to say, SHAME on the Acadia Dr people for leaving their sidewalks a mess! How do you expect people to get moving on them? It is your responsibility to keep them clear! We even have landscapers that come snow-blow after snowfall but if they don’t show up within a few hours I will get out and do it myself because I’d feel terrible if anyone fell and hurt themselves! Anyway – enough ranting. Loving the Christmas lights and seeing the Jone’s beating out the Jone’s for Griswold status. Amazing.

And sadly, today was the last day for World Sledge Hockey Challenge. Met lots of great people and really enjoyed myself. A terrific time – can’t wait to do it again next year!

IMG_6409Hope everyone is healthy and happy out there. Since my phone was frozen I have no post-run pics, but I do have this picture from supper where I gladly helped myself to a 32 oz Schooner of Alexander Keiths. YUM!

6 thoughts on “Day 92: a BITTER cold #run

  1. Take care out there in the cold. I cannot fathom -27. Nuts. You are one tough chick πŸ™‚

  2. Thankfully we only have a small handful of those temps here. I’ll be starting my training in late winter! Hopefully it will be warmed up by March πŸ™‚

    • We have so many months of “winter” temperatures. Even snow in May… I guess if I just keep going I’ll eventually get used to it! πŸ™‚ How are you feeling any way? Not too much longer now….

  3. Holy cow! You go, girl! I admit when temps dip to single digits F (-12 or -13 C) I start to think twice about going out for a run unless there’s no wind. In Int’l Falls, MN they have the annual “Freeze yer Gizzard Blizzard Run” in January. When I ran it several years ago they were still having the fleece pullover instead of a tshirt as the race shirt (not sure if they still do that). The year I ran it was the 3rd coldest I think in the 25+ years they’d be having the event — at the start of the 10K, the temps were -22 F (-30 C) with a windchill of -42 F (-41 C)! Vaseline layers all over any exposed skin to prevent frostbite and for most of the race had a layer of polypropylene balaclava on my head and face with hat over that and neckwarmer too, and only eyes exposed. Makes us stronger πŸ™‚ But I don’t routinely run in those conditions! ~ Kat

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