However, running in them? Not so much. We had plans to do our Gump run on Saturday morning, but when the predicted wind chill temp was going to be 12 degrees, we called it on Friday night and decided to hold off until Sunday, when the wind was supposed to die down and it would be 25 degrees. As it turned out, that was an excellent call, because the feels like temperature ended up being 6 degrees:
SIX DEGREES. Where were we, Antarctica?
I'm sorry - wait, no, I'm not sorry. That is just too dang cold to get out in if you don't have to. And we didn't have to. Oh, funny story - I read on our local online forum where someone posted Saturday morning complaining that he didn't have any water at his house and had a call into the city to see what was wrong. Turns out, his pipes were frozen! This kind of weather happens so infrequently here that you forget about that kind of thing being a possibility.
Anyway, we planned to run on Sunday - a smaller group, but we were ready to get out there. Until we woke up and saw that it was 22 degrees - I let one of the cats outside and quite honestly, I was not at all excited about running in the cold, dark morning. A couple of texts later (there are very few people who I could text at 5:15 am who would answer right away, but runners are usually up that early), and we all bailed on that run, too. Jeff and I did manage to meet up with Cary and Brian at Blue Baker around 9:00 am, so we still got the fun part of our day in, complete with some brownie edges, courtesy of our baker.
This being Texas, we are already back to morning lows in the high 50s/low 60s, so I ran yesterday and I'll run again tomorrow. I guess I got some extra good tapering in for our upcoming half marathon on Sunday - unintended, but it's fine. Really, I'm just sad that we haven't been able to do our Gump run yet!
Speaking of the half marathon, right now I'm excited about it. I'm sure the race anxiety will come, but I've already factored that into my super-technical race plan, which will go something like this:
Mile 1: Inwardly freak out, calm self down
Mile 2: Run
Mile 3: Run, walk, whatever. Have fun.
Miles 4 - 13.1: DITTO
So that's the plan for half marathon #10 - here's hoping that my experiences from the previous races will help to make this race one that I will feel good about when I'm finished. That's not asking for too much, is it?