Santa Shuffle 5k Dec 7, 2013
The day before before the race looked like this. It was FREEZING. Wind chill warning of -40C. I went out to take pics then shovelled snow from the basement window wells since we couldn't actually see out of them. Our weather has been ridiculous this week. When am I going to Vegas?
Saturday morning is -28C with a -36C (-33F) windchill. This will be a new personal cold (PC!) run.
The roads are okay despite the temperatures and we park underground at Eau Claire easily for 9:30am. We head upstairs to find a bunch of santas, furry creatures and elves. There are way more runners than I had expected given the temperature.
At 9:50 everyone starts heading outside and we realize the race has started! Off we go. The next 5k are a bit blurry, I find it hard to get my camera out and functioning with gloves, mittens and handwarmers on. I also have to wipe the lense constantly as it keeps fogging up. The river is beautiful, the steam rising gives a cruel illusion of warmth.
We stop briefly to pry our frozen eyelashes apart.
I am just uncomfortable at this point, my scarf has frozen, my legs don't want to work and my face is numb. I am ready for the end please!
We cross Princes Island and bolt back into Eau Claire where I run right into Tina. Look, my hat froze!
|Pic from Tina|
In order to heat us up, they provided 2 Calgary Stampeders, Mr West and Mr Hughes, to give out medals. Special thanks to Mr West for successfully putting my medal on over my antlers. I wasn't coherent enough to take them off first.
After a closer look at Tina's 'shagging reindeer' sweater we head home. I have no idea of our time as the Garmin refused to function. I don't blame it. Aren't the medals cute?
Read Tina's race review here!
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