It was a great way to start out the New Year. A run. My girlfriend called and told me how nice it was out there. Who cares it was below zero wind chills! The sun was out and I was going to run the Minnesota River Valley trails. I never gave it much thought that there was all the snow in the past month. I assumed walkers had forged a great trail. I was wrong. The beauty was one thing, the mid-shin deep snow at many locations was another. I was not going to let it ruin my day. I forged on at a 13-minute mile, which I felt was good given these conditions. One hour rolled by and I was cold. I had to make a choice to continued with my loop or turn back. Mentally I wanted to quit, physically I was fine.
I trudged onward and that was not a bright thing to do. I was not thinking that the second half of the planned lop had little protection. The wind was atrocious! I was an ice cube. It was ten miles in just under 2.5 hours and I knew I would get sick. I did. I tried to run through the cold I got on the treadmill and was able to do so for 4 more days. Then Saturday, I was done. Breathing was hard. I took the next 4 days off and finally can breathe again. Hope the warm weather lasts for a few more days before the cold returns.
With this setback, I am rethinking the Psycho race in February…. Lets see how the next two weeks go! Carry on….