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Monday, February 11, 2013

It was mighty cold on race day, 32 degrees and a 30 mph wind, oh my. If I didn't have this race on my marathon training plan I would have been very tempted to sit this one out, ooooohhhh it was sooo windy, uggh.

Here's the crew pre-race (Sis, her daughter Madison and me) - crazy glasses to go with the festive heart ribbon headbands we made.

This was Madison's first race by herself, she ran the kids mile and proudly earned her medal, way to go Maddie.

Then the dreaded time came, time to line up outside, do we really have to go outside? Did I mention the cold and wind already?

Jogging in place trying to keep warm, didn't work though.

How's that for a fake smile, trying to be positive, brrrrrrr.

Most of the race was run into the wind, just our luck. It was so brutal running into the wind, put the head down and just pressed onward. It's gonna be a long 9 miles.

There were a couple of miles where the wind was at our back so we took advantage of that to make up for the time we lost having to slow down going into the wind. Daddy always have to run in all kinds of weather because you certainly can't pick you race day weather, darn.

My heart rate was getting a little too high for my comfort running into the wind so around mile 7 I was wearing down, but Sis kept cracking the whip. We were almost there.

Rounding the corner to finish inside, yeah, finally we would be out of the wind and cold. Our time was a little slower than we had planned but given the elements, we feel pretty good about our effort. I know I gave it 100% effort. Our finishing time was 1:41.

Thanks to our cheering squad, Dad and hubby. I know you guys were freezing too.

Time for some well earned food. Hot soup.

Proud that we finished, proud that we stuck it out despite the artic conditions, and proud to be finished, next stop Marathon.

Those rosy red cheeks are windburn.

After the race I got to enjoy some grandma time with my grandson, he's getting so big.

This week is the longest run yet, 20 miles on tap for Friday. Then I get to spend the evening with the teen grandkids, yeah.
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    Great blog and loved the pics

    1913 days ago
    I'm freezing cold just from reading your blog! You are a super trooper and made terrific time weather conditions and all. Best of luck with your long run Friday! emoticon
    1926 days ago
  • BILL60
    Way to go!! Running 9 miles in 30+ degree weather is not much fun. Do you realize how many folks would venture into that kind of challenge? I will venture to say, very few. I congratulate your self-discipline and determination. Onward to the 20-miler. The very best!!
    1926 days ago
  • SHARON10002
    You did it! I knew you would! You deserve another medal for running in those weather conditions! Your poor cheeks look so sore! All of you deserve a HUGE pat on the back and a high five!
    Your grandson is so cute! How old is he? My little GD is 5 months old today.
    1927 days ago
  • KA_JUN
    Nice race report!
    1928 days ago
    You did great!

    I've been thinking about that--going out in all kinds of weather because you don't know what raceday conditions will be... but I still can't bring myself to do it, because of my girls. All strapped in, cold and rain is likely to be more trouble for them than for me behind the stroller. When my race days come, if it's nasty, I'll just have to find some other option for them or something...

    Great job! emoticon

    PS: I see in one picture, there's someone behind you in SHORTS! OMG--Brrr!
    1928 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/11/2013 1:38:30 PM
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    1928 days ago
    1928 days ago
    way to go nice race and way to show the young ones to that you work on healthy no matter the weather Baby is so cute and so where your outfits way fun good luck with your 20 miler
    1928 days ago
    emoticon Yep, even I (who live in WI) thinks that is cold not not alot of fun.
    1928 days ago
    Good time, and you beat the cold. Good luck on the 20 miler. Love the rosey cheeks picture!
    1928 days ago
  • JLITT62
    That's an awesome time! Well, it would be for me, anyway!

    Sending vibes for a good 20-miler.
    1928 days ago
    emoticon emoticon emoticon You again did it ! You raced when others would have stayed home. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1928 days ago
  • SAMI199
    You rocked it & I know how much you hate the cold! Your outfits were adorable-you sure can glam up any running gear! Congrats to Maddie! How fantastic she has two strong,beautiful women showing her how it's done.
    Your GS is the cutest!

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    1928 days ago
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