Last night I verified the hourly forecast for this morning. At 6:00 am the temperature was forecasted to be 4 degrees (at it was). I weighted out running before the conference started or waiting until I arrived home later tonight where it was forecasted to be a hot 16 degrees. Would I want to run when I get home probably not, but I would because we are trying not to let Tabitha drop us still early in the race. I laid out the layers, did a test fit of a new technical wool windproof fleece to see if it could fit over my Siberian layers (it did).
When I woke up to early, I kept going over my options for a route. One was to run laps around the hotel until Mapmyride announces three miles and head straight indoors. Or do a short out and back, then run through the big parking lots. I opted for the second. Layered up, breathing through a fleece hood, I headed South from the hotel, ran out a sidewalk so I had to run in a worn down strip in the grass on the side of road. Frozen drinks that were frozen to the ground almost took me out many times. I turned around after the app said “1 mile”. I ran back then went further North running through Lowes and to the back of Walmart. Halfway back through Walmart’s lot, the app announced 3 miles and I let out a “shit!” I was a half mile from the hotel still and the wind was against me.
3.49 miles in 39:17, no pictures, to cold. While running, I remember the opposite temperature extreme 95 F with a heat index of 112 F for my first road triathlon this summer. Here’s to moving in extreme conditions.