While some of the downstate missed out on the 2 feet of snow they got in Chicago, unfortunately we still have to suffer through the extreme cold that is following the storm. We did have the pleasure of about 2 inches of ice followed by 6 inches of snow, but after a day the snow plows in our little town managed to clear most of it off the roads.
When I woke up for my run this morning I was determined to not run on the treadmill. I checked weather.com and they had the temp at 2 degrees, but with wind chill, it felt like -10 degrees. I knew it was going to be tough, but how much worse does -10 feel than say 5 degrees out? The answer to that question is A LOT WORSE.
After my first half mile, I thought about packing it in and running on the treadmill, but I soldiered on. The next mile I ran was with the wind and it felt markedly better, but I knew I would have to face the wind again. I went on anyway. I could feel the icicles forming on my beard and I cinched the hood of my sweatshirt a little tighter around my face. When I headed back into the wind again, I think my right nostril started to get a little frostbite, aided by the constant drip flowing from my sinuses. However, I was beyond the point of no return.
I finished the 5 mile run and when it was over I realized two not-so-important things:
1. My Nike sportsband does not seem to like the cold weather. I ran a measured 5+ mile run, but the sportsband only registers a 4.6 mile run. I want my .4 miles back please.
2. Icicles hanging from your beard taste much better than icicles hanging from your nose. What's that all about?
Anyway, I sincerely hope the the weather makes a turn for the better very soon. I can't run on that stupid treadmill much more, and I would look pretty funny if the doctors had to amputate my right nostril.