Friday, December 09, 2005

Uncomfortably cold

Semicolons suck; and are only good for making; internet winky faces.

; ) See, just for you.

Our 5-mile run turned into a 3-mile run. Time - 27:35. Not so horrible considering I was wearing 4 layers of clothing and 2 hats.

Twelve degrees makes for a really cold, nasty run. My body was freezing in all possible respects - I swear I was being tortured by Antarctic frost. My chest slightly rattled with congestion and the cold air caused more drainage than I could swallow. If that’s not repulsive enough, my lips are now thoroughly chapped and are sure to provide me with a persistent source of annoyance all day long. Lovely.

I, Runner Susan, declare all those who run in temperatures under 25 degrees psychotic. What you people in Canada do in this weather is a mystery to me. You must be part penguin.

Texans aren't prepared to run in weather this cold; it only happens a handful of times throughout the year.* Unfortunately, the fact that this weather is an anomaly means I can’t be justified in going out and purchasing arctic weather running gear, damnit.



Blogger Thomas said...

yes, better ;-) You're getting there

10:03 AM  
Blogger Al Carter said...

don't let the weather be an excuse not to go need those heavy weight tights and thermal hat - you know you do!

10:19 AM  
Blogger Amy said...


10:20 AM  
Blogger Flatman said...

Holy Cripes! You ran in this mess???

10:47 AM  
Blogger Cliff said...

I wish I am part penguin. Then I can swim :).

I heard part of Texas got snowed that true?

We had 1/2 foot of snow this morning. Can't wait till after work when I go for my run..

11:05 AM  
Blogger The Spandex-King said...

You inspired my post today. Take care at the mall. Sharpen those elbows!!

12:14 PM  
Blogger TryAthlete said...

Where can I sign the declaration of craziness?

12:32 PM  
Blogger William said...

Who you calling psychotic? Winter is my fave season for running. More oxygene, softer road surfaces...

I think the body adjusts to the cold, and having good gear really helps. Plus when it's windy, it makes it tough no matter what.

12:41 PM  
Blogger E-Speed said...

I can imagine running in the cold for a texan is a wee bit different than running in the cold for an Ohioan :)

I much perfer 50s and breezy to this winter crap though!

12:45 PM  
Blogger Dirt Runner said...

you should start another blog and call it "comments from my first blog".

1:00 PM  
Blogger Danny said...

how about changing the blog title to "Colons and Semicolons"?

and yeah, that cold weather running thing sucks. but it does give you some sore of special pride that you're a hardcore runner - precisely because it's insane!

1:08 PM  
Blogger runninturnip said...

Dang! This makes the 35 degree run this morning seem absolutely toasty! Kudos on actually getting out there though. And I believe any excuse is good enough to buy new running gear...

2:38 PM  
Blogger mipper said...

brrrr! yeah, go get the heavyweight tights. c'mon... you know you want to. ;)

3:05 PM  
Blogger Bolder said...

i'm amazed you were able to pry yourself outside... well done.

3:13 PM  
Blogger 'Zilla said...

Hee hee, just reading this post made me cold! :) Good for you for getting out and doing it anyway.

3:36 PM  
Blogger Ben, aka BadBen said...

Running in layers upon layers is a workout in itself. It's darn cold out!

3:49 PM  
Blogger Hilda said...

Those who run in those temp should be able tu run on heat, so it depends, then on what you are used to... now I know.
Those 3 miles deserve a prize!!!
Are you feeling better? Take care, running sick and with that weather makes you a candidate for psychotic... you see?? you thought of giving a try!!!!!

4:14 PM  
Blogger The Other Half said...

i couldn't figure out what the hell i was supposed to do!!! i don't even own a jacket!!!

5:10 PM  
Blogger Run for Chocolate said...

I am one of those psychotic runners and I am thinking I might have to join a gym this winter. We received 9 inches of snow this morning and I am meeting friends at 6:30am to run 8 miles-I am definitely crazy !!

5:26 PM  
Blogger taskette said...

Texans get funny when it gets cold! I have family in Dallas and it's funny when the are visiting us in the winter.

Btw, I heard you tried to register for the Indy Half & it was sold out. Try the Sunburst Half. It's in South Bend. Although, it is a little further for you to go. Hopefully, I will be doing the Sunburst 10k.

Hope it warms up for you.

6:14 PM  
Blogger Ottie said...

Your posts crack me up, Runner Susan

6:35 PM  
Blogger Tammy said...

What brought on the semi-colon hate? You aren't an anti-semi-colonist, are you? sorry. bad.

Way to go on that run. If it were me... a warm blankie, a couch, and the SciFi channel would be all I saw that day! LOL.

8:07 PM  
Blogger David said...

I would not even think of running in that colon product without the perfect outfit. It took me years to build up a wardrobe to run in the cold stuff but 12 degrees is not doing it for me. Pass.
There are plenty more days to get a run in without freezing my dangling participles.

9:18 PM  
Blogger psbowe said...

your run almost sounds like my Thursday run even though it was much warmer here, it could be the moisture. We live half an hour from the ocean.

9:50 PM  
Blogger M said...

I live and run in Montreal, Canada. It's not that cold... ;-)
Actually we're not part penguin, we're part beaver !

10:06 PM  
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10:07 PM  
Blogger D said...

I didn't think it ever got that cold in Texas. You should really get a set of underarmour tights and mock turtleneck. Shop away, you need them!

10:27 PM  
Blogger Curly Su said...

i'm from your neighbor, louisiana. i'm going home for the holidays next friday, and if that ridiculous weather persists, i just might have to go on a murder rampage. part (okay, all) of the fun of going home is being able to bask in the amazing weather, and then talk/brag about it to all my northern-bound friends...bring back the sun for me, please!!

11:30 PM  
Blogger Leta said...

you go buy that clothing!!! shopping is good!

2:57 AM  
Blogger BuckeyeRunner said...

It's funny - I never think of Texas as being that cold. But it sounds almost as bad as up north. I am with you, Susan. This cold weather running is for the birds.

9:00 AM  
Blogger partyrunner said...

i have to say, winter running shopping is fun! though i agree with the minus 25 thing (but still do it!).

ps i LOVE the new header! It's perfect for the season!
dear susan, can you pass along some of your design excellence to those of us less able?

3:48 PM  
Blogger Mica said...

I agree!! Texas should be warmer.

Sorry I didn't respond to your question sooner, I've been an internet slacker lately. I didn't run White Rock today, but I'm aiming for Cowtown.

8:34 PM  
Blogger Kiran said...

HI Susan, I've seen you on everyone else's blog so I thought I would come for a visit. I'm likin' it. I was a South Texan for 10 years until last year and now I'm a Mainer and remember getting an inch of snow in San Antonio 2 years ago, the last time they had snow before that was 1975!
I really miss Texas :(
PS Close friends of ours in SA have a daughter named Kenzy (pretty close).

10:34 PM  
Blogger iliketoast said...

Spare a thought for the us suffer in the heat on the other side of the world. Today's Kurrawa 50km on Austrlia's Gold Coast was in temperatures around 90 F.

10:41 PM  
Blogger Rae said...

12 degrees in Texas? Crazy!! Even though it only snows about every 3 years here I am considering purchasing some Yaks online just because I think they're absolutely hot.

12:35 AM  

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