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Running in the Cold

For some reason or another I convinced myself to do New York Road Runners 9+1 program. This way I get automatic entry into the 2012 ING NYC Marathon. Since there is a chance that after May I may not be here (my fiancée is currently looking for a job, post-graduation), I decided I needed to get it done before then.  This means at least two races a month starting now, which brings us to…cold weather running.

Sunday I ran in my first race of the year (The Fred Lebow 5-miler). It was 15 degrees outside. It was hella cold and this is what I learned.

  1. You will not be the only crazy person waking up at 6:00 a.m. to get on the 6 train to go to Central Park.
  2. My fingers are the only place on my body I could not get warm. I must invest in better gloves. Suggestions welcome
  3. Dogs LOVE snow. I swear that every dog out there had a huge smile on their face from rolling around in the snow.
  4. By mile 4, when it’s seriously cold outside you are practically drinking ice. I am not joking, ice cubes.
  5. Even if you are running next to a guy with a ridiculous hat on, who is taking pictures of himself and CP and is keeping pace with you. That is motivation.
  6. Running faster so that your little fingers don’t break off helps set new PRs.

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