Whew! That was some run. I conquered the 14 miler that gave me so much trouble last weekend!
When I woke up, it was raining and 33, so I put on my tights and underarmour and beanie and gloves and scarfed a piece of toast with peanut butter. Then I realized that I was wearing all black and might look a little um… threatening… especially with the black beanie. Well, as threatening as a 19 year old girl can look, anyway. So I swapped the beanie for a white headband (much better, but I still felt like a ninja) and headed out.
Mile 2 took me to the track, where the rain started to look more solid and flaky. Kind of like snow, actually. By the time I’d done 2 miles on the track it was full-on snowing! As a girl from Wisconsin, I love snow. My clothing was doing a pretty good job keeping me warm at this point – I even rolled up my sleeves for a little bit, until the snow started to hurt :( Sleeves came back down fast.
After leaving the track I headed around my favorite loop, bringing me back near my apartment at about mile 8. Along the way I snapped this photo of Thomas Jefferson, chillin’ in front of the Rotunda. He doesn’t look too cold to me, though. What do you think? Should I bring him a scarf?
Then I went down to the river, passing by Downtown Charlottesville on the way. By the time I got down there the snow was sticking – to everything! Including my face. Ever get a snowflake right across the eyes?
I’m not going to lie, miles 12 and 13 were rough. Not because my legs hurt or anything – my hands! Last time I go running in 75 cent Target gloves. By the time I got home I couldn’t really bend my fingers much… the door was definitely a challenge! You know the 10 minute period after you get inside after being out in the cold for a long time? Where your hands BURN with the intensity of a thousand suns? Yep. That happened. But after I was done reheating my hands I made a big pot of coffee and some delicious pancakes for myself and my awesome suitemates. No pictures – they were eaten too fast. Finished up with some greek yogurt and granola!
AND NOW for an announcement – as I was eating my delicious food today after getting inside from my cold, cold run, I thought about all of the people who don’t have delicious food or a warm home. Which is why for the month of December I will be donating 1 can for every 5 comments I receive on this blog to the Emergency Food Bank, which serves the hungry in Charlottesvillle/Albemarle County. So leave a comment! It can be anything – a question, story, random thought… it all goes to a good cause!
Happy running everyone :)