The weather reads 2 degrees, but it feels like 13 below zero.
My instincts told me to be prepared to shed layers, but my freezing cold body cried “pile it all on me.”
My head said, “It’s too cold to run!” but my feet said, “Let’s do this.”
And so I began the Draper Turkey Trot with an optimistic attitude, but with a gnawing pit in my stomach.
You see, I’ve never run in such cold weather. I’ve been living and running in the snowy state of Utah for nearly 10 years now, but when the weather dips below 30 degrees, I’m either inside on the treadmill or cross training.
So an early morning Turkey Day 5K complete with icy roads and a biting wind was new and terrifying to me. Layers helped a lot. I read up on cold-weather running gear and wore plenty — gloves, beanie, long-sleeve wicking shirt, pullover, wind breaker, running tights and leg warmers.
It didn’t stop me from shivering though or keep the freezing air from burning my lungs.
By the end, I felt the sickest I’ve ever felt during a race.
Since Nov. 25, I’ve exclusively been running indoors again.
Any tips to get over my fear and battle the cold?