{Running} Valentine’s Day 4 mile race

{Running} Valentine’s Day 4 mile race

Our race was supposed to take place on Valentine’s Day, last Sunday. The race was cancelled just after midnight that morning because the temperatures were low (0-1 degree) and the wind chill was -19 degrees.

We’ve actually run a race in low temps before; in March of 2019, we ran That Dam Run 10k and half marathon in 0 degree weather at the start, a mere 10 degrees at the finish, and a little snow. At 19 degrees below 0 for a wind chill, we were so grateful it was cancelled.

Today was absolutely beautiful. It was about 24 degrees at the start of the race, and half-way through I had to remove my jacket and buff to cool off. There was snow on the trees, and quite a bit of ice and snow on the paths, with some melting in places (which made it difficult to run), but it was a fun morning.

My knees and hips are a little sore from running awkwardly (trying to maintain balance by taking shorter steps and staying stable on the ice), but it was a good kickstart into training season.

The snow and trees were beautiful this morning, worth the 8:30 a.m. start time.

I’ve had vertigo for two months, and have trained very little (three runs in two months), but even after today’s run, I feel really good. The vertigo is now limited to occasional feelings of dizziness turning over in bed, and even that is brief. I think I’m safe to start training again, and I only have 8 weeks to my next half marathon.

~Mama K

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