|Who runs a race like this?|
|Beards, Plaid, Floaties. Is this a race or a logging camp?|
|Oh ya! You Betcha!|
|Plaid Suit! Where is this fashionable?|
|Only in Minnesota! Yes! he actually ran in that outfit|
In addition to the strange accent and love of all things cold, they also wear strange outfits. And I'm not simply talking about plaid. They do wear that often enough. But how often do you see someone wearing a plaid suit? Need I say more?
|Cheryl Shows off the Jacket|
|Trees are warm....right?|
But let me get to the race. Cheryl ran well today, placing in the top 10 for her age group and averaging a 7:44 minute mile average pace. Not to shabby!
|Cheryl removes her fleece to start the race|
The weather was cold. And not simply cold like you people in other parts of the U.S. might think. Minnesota has a lovely thing called a "Wind Chill". Where the temp says 30 degrees. (plenty cold enough) but then the wind drops that to 20 degrees! And that 20 degrees seems like -20 degrees in Fairbanks Alaska! ( which actually was not that bad, since there was NO wind in that city..and the air was very dry) But trying to explain the perception of cold vs the actual measurable number is a difficult thing to tackle. So let me just say that 10 minutes after leaving a warm car, you begin to lose feeling in your fingers! Even with gloves on! THAT kind of cold.
|Cheryl only cares how her Body looks.|
So Cheryl knew she was going to be battling the cold and the overheating issue that comes with running in the cold. With a 7:44 average, I think she did pretty well, considering the conditions.
|A new 10 Mile PR!|
|Running towards the finish|
|Have they forgotten its winter?|
|This "helps" on cold days.|
|Time for Treats!|
|And More Treats!|
|Hot Dish from the Hot Dash!|
|Missing: The Tater tots. I ate those first.|
I'm not sure how comfortable it was, because Cheryl did not want to stick around very long afterwards. She lost the feeling in both hands and the tips of her toes...so it was back to the warmth of the Subaru. We even skipped the free beer that was offered due to the cold. And that is really saying something!
So now we are back home. Safe and sound with a grumpy cat who thought we had abandoned him. He's fine now, but when we first opened the door he gave us a "what for..." Cheryl has another trophy to add to her growing 2017 collection, and has gained some much needed confidence after the wishy-washy 2016 season. Let's hope that 2017 continues to offer more awesome runs as we progress. We shall keep you posted!