Day 6: My First 17 Degrees Below Zero Run!
When I started my daily running streak (a mere six days ago), I knew that there would be days in the coming year when it would be challenging. What I didn’t know was that day 6 may turn out to be the most challenging – because it was 17º BELOW ZERO (Fahrenheit)! Windchill was somewhere around -40º.
Now, while I could have schlepped to the gym and run on a treadmill, I would have felt a bit guilty invoking the treadmill rule so early in the streak. C’mon, it’s just the first week – if I can’t get outside and run every day this week what chance would I have of running 365 days straight? After all, how bad could it be? Well, pretty bad – but I survived.
After layering, and then layering, and layering some more, I headed out into the arctic tundra. I couldn’t find my ski goggles so I settled on sun glasses to at least block some of the wind – but they didn’t last long since they fogged up. So I was fully covered except for my eyes. Surprising, it really wasn’t that bad and didn’t feel that cold. And yes, I am completely aware of how dumb that sounds, but it’s true. The only thing that felt cold were my eyes, as I could feel my eyelashes literally freeze – which is an odd sensation.
So I only made it a little over a mile before I decided to save myself from frostbite and live to run another day. It can only get easier from here, right? Maybe not, but as long as it’s warmer I’ll take it!