As part of Adam's goal to run one race every month from November 2013 through the end of 2014, we ran the Jingle Bell 5K in Indianapolis on December 15.
I told Adam when he came up with this idea that it was going to mean some really cold races. And cold in a different way from what we were used to back in Tennessee. I think we both got a good dose of that at this one!
The temperature was somewhere in the teens, and the wind was nuts! To say we were cold doesn't even describe it. This was something more severe than cold. We've invested in some warmer running clothes (such as fleece lined tops that I would roast if I ran in them in TN) and bundled up, but it still didn't keep us from feeling numb.
The race was set up at the Banker's Life Fieldhouse downtown. We had been in there a few days before for the Justin Timberlake concert, and it's pretty cool in there. We definitely need to go to a Pacers game sometime before we move away from this arctic part of the country. (And yes, I realize other places are colder. But we are NOT used to this. The high this coming Monday is -9. I don't even know what that means!)
I was so glad that everything prior to the race was inside so that we could stay warm. We got our shirts and took them back to the car, we used the bathroom, we talked about how maybe we should dress up in Christmas costumes next time we do a race in December, and before long it was time to line up.
Adam has set a goal to run a 5K in under 30 minutes. I think this is totally doable, and soon! But it's not going to happen when it's this cold. We were running straight into the wind a few times, and the cold air is really hard on the lungs. We did manage to run the whole time, and we finished in 32:07.
After the race, we found Santa!
We stopped for a biscuit on the way home and then took a hot shower before we curled back up in bed and took a lovely Sunday afternoon nap!
Next race? The Frosty Trails 5-Mile Trail Run in Nashville, Indiana on Jan. 18th. We are driving down there and staying all weekend. I'm excited to run on trails again, though I'm unsure about how this might go if it is snowy!