Cool Running

My freshman year AP English teacher once told the class a story about going to high school in northern Maine.  It was so cold during the fall and winter that her school couldn't have a football team and instead had all star wrestlers.  As part of their daily training, the wrestling team would run to Canada and back (it was only about 2 miles round trip).  It was so cold during these runs that upon their return to the school, the wrestlers would have snot-sickles hanging from their noses and when they would blink, their eyes would momentarily freeze shut.

What did I learn from this tale?  Apparently, not much. 

Tuesday mid-morning the temperature hadn't yet reached thirty degrees and there were twenty mile per hour winds gusting to forty.  And for some reason I thought it would be a good idea to start my running program.  Actually, Dennis and I were sitting in our pajamas, all nice and cozy in the living room, when he turned to me and said, "Do you want to go walk at the park?"

Whether he was serious or not I have no idea.  We bundled up and headed to the park. 


It was cold.  So very, very cold.  And windy.


I've been thinking about starting to run again, and with the Houston Marathon just over I've been feeling pretty motivated.  I'm not sure I could ever go an entire 26.2 miles, but I'm pretty certain that eventually I can go 3.1.  Especially if I follow the Couch to 5K program, and I just so happen to have the C25K app on my trusty iPhone.  It's a nifty app that tells you when to walk and when to run; no thinking necessary!  And who wants to think when it's below freezing outside?

Den and I managed to get two miles covered in about thirty minutes of walk/jogging.  And I can't wait to do it again!

Finally starting to work up a sweat!

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