On April 10, 2011, I will be running the GO! St. Louis full marathon. Sure the weather should be nice by then (fingers crossed), but running a 26.2 mile race in April means training through January and February. YUK!
I know, I know--I am a baby. Some of you have posted about wearing your Yak Traks and busting it out on ice or in five-plus inches of snow. Here in KC, we are just now receiving our first measurable snowfall of the year (right outside my window at this very moment, actually). And we are only supposed to get 4-6 inches. Some of you have been living with at least nine since November.
Say what you will about my thin-skinned exterior, but I am a cold-weather wuss--the early darkness each evening isn't helping either. I think the challenge of this race is going to come long before race day; the challenge will be to force my warm-weather butt out into the frigid temps for training.
So far, NOT so good. I have missed at least one workout each week, but this weekend gave me some hope. I made it out both mornings--in Saturday's brutal wind and Sunday's fierce cold. I even bought myself a Saucony hood(slash ninja mask) to keep my lungs from burning two holes in my chest cavity as I breathe in the cold air. As a bonus, I may scare people in the neighborhood--haha (these things look ridiculous). Nothing like making a good first impression!
Will I be a Winter Ninja this year?
On Wednesday this week, the high is expected to only reach twelve and the weather man keeps talking about a fierce arctic wind. I am already trying to pump myself up about it. I sure do miss sweating.
If I make it to this marathon trained, I will celebrate that.