You would think by my constant lack of consistency that I don't like to blog-fact is, I'm blogging all the time in my head. As I zip along through my days numerous things cross my mind that should be archived into print. It's not a lack of material, it's a lack of time. So, in brief, Thanksgiving was great-we started the day with the Arena 5K-this would be my 11th running and Hyphen Girls first Turkey trot. Unfortunately for her, the normal temp hovers around 35 degrees-this morning we woke to a blustrey 9 with a 0 wind chill. For those of you in the balmy states-that is cold, but not yet damn cold. We save damn for when
The race begins at the home of the wayward T Wolves and chugs down Hennepin Ave, across the Mississippi-I can no longer feel my nose or cheeks-River, winds east a few blocks and then returns on the Third Avenune-my feet feel like I've just T2'd-bridge. At mile 2.1 HG is getting ear aches from the cold wind, so I do what any mom that was determined to get her daughter to the finish line would do, I stripped down to my jog bra, pulling off my hoodie, give her the hoodie and get her ears tightly covered and throw my shirt back on. I thought about finishing the race in my jog bra with these guys, but I had dinner to cook and I couldn't get sick. The final mile winds past the Humpty Dome and heads back to the Target Center. As we passed the dome the regular refrain from HG was, "I'm thirsty, where is the water stop?" There are no water stops. "But I'm thirsty" That's because you're overheating in my hoodie and my mammary glands are frozen so keep moving! Needless to say we walked a total of 3 times for about 10 steps and finished in 32:XX-a 16 minute improvement over the summer 5K. I think it helped immensely that once we returned to Hennepin Ave and could see the finish HG broke into weird running movie fanatasy and kicked it home. Of course I was very proud of her-she ran a good race.
For my part, this was the first race I've run since signing up for IMFL. I can just begin to feel Florida now. As the voice of the race talked the runners through the pre run rituals, make your way to the starting line, etc I could sense Florida. There are a lot of races and training before next November, but I'm starting to feel Florida-and it feels good. I can't feel my fingers or toes but what are going to do?
Did a 2500 swim-20 min 2.4 mile run and core blitz this am with Trihubby.
Tomorrow- The Walmart .5K, the hunt for Christmas in a blizzard and a few more Thanksgiving items.