Sunday, February 3, 2013

The Run That Was

     Yesterday day was one of those "make it or break it" runs - fortunately this time I made it!  I had an 18 miler scheduled and it had to start at 4 am.  I know that is a crazy hour but my day was filled with kid stuff and that was the only time I could carve out in the day.  Luckily, I have a friend who is just as crazy and does not mind early, early morning runs!!!  I checked the weather and say that it was 10 degrees - a heat wave compared to the previous three days of negative numbers.  That positive number fooled me into dressing lighter than I should have and that became a problem later in the run.  The run went so quickly, even though we were moving pretty slowly.  My face mask froze twice (I need to solve that problem) and my hands started to get really cold!!  Running into the wind was the worst - it felt like I was in one of those wind machines and my skin was getting an instant face lift!!!  My thigh muscles felt like they were hardening and my butt felt like a rock - and not in a good way!  At 16 miles, my friend finished up and with encouraging words, sent me on my way.  Two miles is not a big deal, right?  Wrong!  I wanted to be done at 16, but I was determined to do my miles. At one point I said out loud "There is no one tougher than you right now!" and I believed that!!  I finished the miles, fell into my car, clumsily got the keys in the ignition and drove straight home to a hot shower!  ( have you ever taken a hot shower when you are painfully cold???  OUCH)

     Today I am looking forward to a beautifully short 6 miler.  It snowed last night, so the world is winter wonderful!!  I am doing a "destination run" - running from my house out in the country into town to the Y where I will do a Body Pump class.  I am NOT running home - my daughter will give me a ride.
     I am also looking forward (?????) to my son"s Super Bowl Party!  What's more fun than 7 13-year old boys????


  1. Congratulations on gutting through your 18 miler! Those are the hardest yet best to survive :) I've been pondering the face mask issue for years....I don't think there is a solution. Except to move to Florida.

  2. Congratulations on pushing through 18 miles in cold weather conditions! I hope you had a great time at the Super Bowl party because you certainly deserved it!

  3. Nice job getting your run done so early and in the cold! I have a love hate with hot showers after a cold run.