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Hubby says I'm Crazy or Santa Hustle!

Sunday, December 08, 2013

Iíve been trying to blog for the last few days. Iíve been going 17 + hours per day the last 5 of 6 days. It has been fun and ďgoodĒ stuff (dog training, work, Christmas shopping, cards, etc). Just has not left me much time for getting much Sparking done.

So yesterday was my Santa Hustle. I knew it was supposed to be cold but that turned into an understatement. While I was having breakfast and watching the news the weather report said it was 8 degrees at the lake front and the wind chill was -2!!! Seriously?!?!

I added thermals under my Grinch outfit and took down the pigtails so I could wear a hat. Hubby put my head scarf in my running bag. He kept telling me the whole way out that I was crazy to be running in this.

We got to the parking garage and it wasnít too bad out; until we got outside and the wind hit. OMG!!! It was so cold I could barely breathe!! I pulled on my head scarf and my coat. I had one of hubbyís green shirts to put over my coat to pin my bib to. It didn't help. I just felt like the stay-puff marshmallow man.

I was freezing but I kept walking around. I took pictures with the reindeer and a few other runners. Being in the crowd, I decided that I needed to run without the coat. I gave it to hubby and we took a few pictures to see how I was feeling. I headed to the corrals. I realized that I had left my music at home so I was just running on the thump-thump of shoes on pavement.

I did pretty well for the first mile. I was slower than normal but it was ok. Second and third mile I ďchasedĒ a guy in a full Santa suit. He even started to slow for a minute and I said hey Ė you are being chased by the Grinch, letís keep going. This kept us both going! I could actually see the finish line when my chondritis flared-up. My chest felt like I was giving birth to an alien. I slowed to a rapid walk. I was moving as fast as I could and I broke out in a huge sweat.

I did manage to jog across the finish the line. I was sweating and my breathing was painful and shallow. I was happy to just finish. I ended up at 34 minutes. Not too shabby, itís about where Iíve been running lately. I really need to get that down about 3 to 5 minutes.

We did NOT stick around long. I saw several people with ice on their Santa hats. My hubby noticed that the sweat on my forehead was actually turning to ice while we were walking. I was so cold!

Driving home I decided that I was in the best holiday spirit I was going to be in. So we went off to the mall (yes a mall, on a Saturday afternoon in December). I got a good chunk of my shopping done. I also got a Bing Crosby Christmas cd. It was a good long day.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
CANDOK1260 12/13/2013 6:51AM

    Congrat on your run

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JUMPINJULIE 12/10/2013 3:53PM

    WTG great inspiration.

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FLORIDASUN 12/9/2013 10:03PM

    Holy snowflake! Kitty you are a GRINCH running, crazy humanoid, extra extraordinary ROCK friggin' RUN STAR! emoticon emoticon I can't even imagine you surmounted those freezing temperatures to just DO IT!

I wish I had been there...I would have had a hot chocolate with marshmallow and other temperature fortifying additives in it ready for you at the finish line!

THEN to go Christmas ARE the woman! YES you are! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BURGUNDYBABE 12/9/2013 8:39PM

    Wow! emoticon emoticon

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BONNIEMARGAY 12/9/2013 1:22PM

    You are a rock star!

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LAILATN 12/9/2013 10:28AM

    LOVE the outfit! You are a rock star for running in that kind of weather!

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BUNNYCATS 12/9/2013 9:33AM

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KELLIEBEAN 12/9/2013 9:16AM

    You look great! You are my hero. Congratulations!


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ISLAMOM 12/9/2013 8:45AM

    Love it!! You are super star! Keep it up!

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GARDENCHRIS 12/9/2013 6:46AM

    you are crazy! LOLOLOL emoticon emoticon

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TWEETYKC00 12/9/2013 6:29AM

    now it's time to sit in front of a nice fire with some hot chocolate and relax!

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    Wow, you are a go getter! You get others going too! Great job!

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NILLAPEPSI 12/9/2013 5:44AM

    You go girl!! Love your grinch racing attire! emoticon

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ANATASHIKI 12/9/2013 4:27AM

    I think you're immortal emoticon good job on chasing that Santa! emoticon

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CATHYGETSFIT 12/9/2013 3:36AM

    Yep, it's that do or die spirit in you and me that came out in you today! That spirit that says "frack that I'm cold and that it's below freezing!!" "I'm going to fracking run because a) I already paid my fees to run b) I'm already here I might as well just run!" emoticon Oh and the spirit that says "I'm not going to show anyone that I might be weak." emoticon I do think it's amazing though that you went ahead and did your Christmas shopping afterwards. Oooh, a Bing Crosby CD is a great treat for yourself for your run. emoticon emoticon

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CIPHER1971 12/9/2013 2:21AM

    Great job, and I love the image of the Grinch chasing Santa :-D

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 12/9/2013 12:12AM

    YIKES! Glad the race went well though!

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_LINDA 12/9/2013 12:11AM

    emoticon Way to finish it! Don't know how you could between the chondro and cold, a nasty double whammy for sure :(
Great photo, cool outfit!
Getting tired of the -40 windchills every day here, but I don't have to walk too far in it, just 15 min each way to work and back. Can wear a long coat when you don't have to run ;-P
Hope you are recovered..

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DOGLADY13 12/8/2013 11:02PM

    So glad you finished the race.


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1CRAZYDOG 12/8/2013 10:42PM

    O . . .M . . . G! Yes, it was cold yesterday (and today!) You're really dedicated! HUGS Love the pictures.

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RACEWELLWON 12/8/2013 10:28PM

    Not to Shabby at all you look adorable emoticon !! I know I did the Reindeer Run Yesterday it was freezing - Hawks Win 6-2 - Woo Hoo -

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JUSTME29 12/8/2013 10:25PM

    Sounds like a great day!

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LESLIELENORE 12/8/2013 10:07PM

    I can barely stand to run 1.5 miles due to the cold. You are a braver woman than I! Good time, especially considering the temp.

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PRNCSCUP1-2FULL 12/8/2013 9:52PM

    OK, I think you are crazy too, but you did it! I think your time was great considering sweat was freezing on your forehead! I'm impressed whether I think you are crazy or not! Good job with the shopping too!

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LIVINGFREE19 12/8/2013 9:26PM

    That sounds brutally cold.

Stay warm, my friend!

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PJ2222 12/8/2013 9:25PM

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DARLENEK04 12/8/2013 9:06PM

    Rock on girlfriend.....and got shopping done tooo......wwow.....

I am recovering from the thumping Monday, but otherwise got loads of
decorating done today....Mailed all my cards Monday....felt good to be
ahead of myself...LOL

Keep us posted....

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CAT-IN-CJ 12/8/2013 9:01PM

    You're an ANIMAL!!! emoticon

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KATRINAKAT23 12/8/2013 8:49PM

  Wow, you did great!! emoticon emoticon

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