I’m the woman who is ALWAYS cold.
My coworkers are so used to hearing me say, “It’s freeeezing in here,” that I don’t even think they hear me anymore. Peter, RunVermont’s executive director, got so tired of seeing me shake and shiver working at the end of finish chutes that he’s taken to packing extra layers for every race. Even in August.
So why would a woman whose hands look like this following a quick trip through the freezer aisle at Hannaford have any interest in running on a morning like this:
Because for me there is little better than greeting the sun as it rises, in hearing my feet crunch freshly fallen snow, in taking a quick break to watch the steam rise over the lake, and having a touching conversation with a friend. All before 7am.
When my alarm went off this morning, I did a quick weather check and admittedly, briefly considered texting that friend to suggest a run at noon instead. But then, reality: I realized today was just the first cold morning of many to follow this winter (I hope…cold means the snow will stick and snow means snowboarding). And I’ve never been good at setting work aside to go for a run. Oh sure, maybe on a perfect May day when we’re all about to kill each other here in the office, I’ll slip out for a quick one, but I know that if I don’t run first thing I won’t run. So I did. And it was glorious. Near perfect, in fact.
The best part: my fingers and toes were never cold. Not once.
All that said, I vowed that my camera is coming with me on my next run. Some 5-degree day in February I’ll probably need a visual reminder of why it’s so awesome to get out of bed and go.
What is the coldest temperature you’ll brave for a run?
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Speaking of just doing it…have you registered for the KeyBank Vermont City Marathon yet? The price to register goes up by $10 at midnight tonight, so why not just sign on the line now? Not to mention the fact that we’re way ahead of registration pace compared to 2012 and 2011, so if you want in you really shouldn’t wait.
And while you’re at it, refer a friend to run with you. Not only will you both get the lowest possible registration rate, but if you follow the instructions below, you’ll each get a swank commemorative glass.
We’ve had quick a few questions about how the glass promo works and understandably, it’s a bit confusing, so here’s what you need to know:
At the very end of the registration process, you’ll get to a screen that looks like this:
See the image with the glass that says “click here”? Click there. DO NOT CLICK FINISH.
Now, (for reasons I don’t understand) the system pops up with the same image again. Click it again.
At this point you have the opportunity to personalize that post that will show on your Facebook page announcing that you’ve registered for KBVCM. This is a good time to invite your friends to join you for what we promises will be one of the best days of your life. Once you’re done, click “publish.”
Now here’s the tricky part: that post that you just completed has a unique URL associated with it that connects your friend to your name. In order to get credit for the referral (and for you both to get a glass), your friend must register by clicking on the URL that is part of your Facebook post.
If you’re thinking, “any promotion that requires step-by-step instructions is clearly a promotion in need of revision,” I’m with you. We’re working on making these things simpler going forward, but for now it’s what we’ve got. (If you’ve already registered and you also talked your great aunt Sheila in to running it with you but didn’t do any of this stuff? We’ll forgive you. Just send me an email with both your names.)