I decided in 2014 that I would try to run regardless of the environmental conditions. This is why I ran in -33C (with windchill) in Canada ... and this is what I looked like:
For some reason the frigid temperatures felt refreshing. I loved it!
I love running races on dates/holidays, any holiday, really. They have to fall on the specific date, and this was the case of the Polar Plunge and 5K at the U.S. National White Water Center.
I am not a trail runner, so you can imagine my surprise when I realized it was a road race. What a bonus!
I love the races at the USNWC. The atmosphere is friendly and low key.
The day started cold as could be ... How could I feel cold after a week in Canada!!! However the cold was made better by the prescience of fire pits. I was actually worried that I was getting too close to the fire.
We lined up leisurely at the start line. We got the countdown. The start line was a mess and I almost fell as another runner tried to move to the front.
I ran a PR! My time was a great improvement, don't know if I'll easily repeat the feat. Second in my age group. I was happy. And finished with the plunge into the lake. I would say that my Saturday was perfect.
My last February race was the Charlotte 10 Miler on an incredibly cold day. It didn't feel that bad before the race. During the race I didn't feel my strongest ... but I was happy with my performance.
One minute improvement over last year and the same hard course with the worst hill at mile 9!
Next on the agenda. A Half Marathon.
... a dopo ... J