Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Braving the Arctic Tundra...

All I can say is, I better be wearing this outfit soon! If you read that post you know I have some exercise goals I've set for myself for this year. I think they are great goals, and I think I set up a good plan to achieve them. Now on to the execution.

Yesterday my friend Kimberly and I set out for our first day of "training" to get ready for a 5k we'd like to be able to run in June. Neither of us have ever been in any type of race. It was cold, but we were very enthusiastic! Even when we realized that over HALF the walkways were not cleared, so it was actually more like snowshoeing...we pressed forward! We just figured we were burning more calories trudging over the slippery, uneven terrain, so it was sorta a bonus, right?

Of course by this morning I felt as if I had been beat with a 2x4 across my hips and lower back. But it was all good. I got my kids off to school then geared up for another day of calorie burning! Now first let's get a shot of what it looks like out my front door right now:

Here's us:
I headed over to Kimberly's house to meet her. Then off we went. Yesterday it was about 27 degrees when we went. Today it seemed a bit colder. We made it to our turning around point in fairly decent time. Then turned and headed back. Right. into. the WIND. It was ferocious! So. Freakin'. Cold.

We continued on for a bit, mostly in silence because our lips were too numb to form words. Finally she mentioned that her feet were really hurting, because the wind was cutting right into her shoes. I asked her if she'd like me to call hubby and have him come get us. She said yes please. So I call him, and we keep moving on toward home. It took him forfreakinever! We still made it 1/2 the way back before he finally got to us.

In the meantime, as we're trudging on, Kimberly's foot goes numb, and I start having the oddest, most unpleasant sensation in my eyes. They were blurry, stinging, and at the same time icy cold with prickly sensations sorta poking them. I couldn't blink or rub away the discomfort. Then I realized what was happening. I wear hard contact lenses, and people --- my contacts were getting FROST on them! As in forming little ice-crystals!!! Kimberly confided in me that she never wanted to see my husband so bad in her life as she did at that moment!!

He finally arrived, and picked us up and then commented "I don't know what your problem is, it's only TWELVE degrees outside!" I had no idea it was so cold this morning, but I have to say, even though we didn't finish the route, I felt pretty proud that we went probably about 3 miles in 12 degree temps!

Hey, I said we were enthusiastic, not bright. I hope it pays off! It's supposed to be warmer tomorrow, so I'm in!

16 comments:

MiMi said...

Yeah, so you are doing really good if you went out in that! ICK!

Rachelle said...

I'm impressed! If it's colder than 30 degrees out, I don't even want to go shopping!!! And that's saying a lot since I love to shop.

I hope it warms up for you guys.

FrouFrouBritches said...

Y'all look so cute!! I'm sooo proud of you!!! Way to go! 3 miles is awesome, especially if it was 12 degrees! Freaky about your contacts though. EEK! Glad y'all are off to a good start!!

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

Girl, you are HARD CORE! 12 degrees???!! I can't even run to the end of my driveaway, much less go anywhere when it's 12 degrees. You're my hero. ;)

Sheila said...

oh my goodness!! you are a nut! Going out there in 12 degrees! REALLY!?!?!?
But...a persisitent "nut" at that!! Congrats - thats awesome!

STILLMAGNOLIA said...

Wow I am super impressed with your determination and stayability. I did not even make it to work....The ice turned me around...and I was in a car.

Summer said...

Twelve degrees!!!!!! What were you girls thinking? LOL I can't believe you did 3 miles. Fantastic job! :)

Valerie said...

27...12...it's all cold to me!
You are one brave woman (well...two brave women, I guess).

Sami said...

Holy cow! You're freakin' NUTS!!! TWELVE degrees?!
Funny thing is, I TOTALLY would have done it with you. What does that make me?

IndyGo Wylde said...

It was nine degrees at my house. I didn't walk 3 1/2 miles though. Good on you for getting out. DON'T go tomorrow. If you must walk, go to the mall and mallwalk. I now feel better about the 40 degree warehouse I skate in every week. Keep the faith! We will both be skinny (okay, less fluffy) by your lovely not-quite eight year old's birthday!

Impulsive Addict said...

GUUURL....you be CA-RAZY! But you exercised so GOOD FOR YOU! My advice? Invest in a treadmill or go to an inside track since it looks like you live close to the North Pole. Just a suggestion.

shortmama said...

Now thats dedicated...not really bright but dedicated! LOL

Paula said...

Frozen contact? Now that is dedication to exercise. I hope you'll get a few warmer days soon.

Sare said...

you.are.nuts.

Emmy said...

Brrr! Seriously cold just reading this. That is insane about your contacts.

You can totally do the race!

Vivienne said...

Um, I would take one look at that and brew more coffee and/or go back to bed. Kudos!