These are some of the lessons I learned while trying to get to and running a race in Chicago in winter.

  • Planes won’t fly if they have to land where the wind is blowing at 40 miles an hour.
  • Don’t give your rental car back before you are sure you will not need it again.
  • If at all possible avoid driving for more than 4 hours after 8 at night on the day before the race.
  • A treadmill presents a serious temptation to see how fast you can run.
  • One’s muscles remember the speed games you played on the treadmill 2 days ago.
  • Trying to thaw frozen legs in the first mile is like defrosting something in the microwave on high. Your lungs may burn, but the parts that must run (legs) remain frozen.
  • 32 degrees may sound pleasant unless it is Fahrenheit.
  • Do not wear your entire wardrobe even if the temperature is 0 degrees Celsius.
  • It is  too hard to even try changing the location of your chip-embedded number to a more appropriate inner layer of clothing while running at full speed with frozen fingers.
  • Just wave at the knock-kneed girl passing you. Do not try to keep up.
  • Do not try to imitate the style of the guy looking like he is taking a stroll in the park while passing you.
  • 8 miles is more than 10k. 2.8748 k more. That is a lot if your legs are programmed to stop after 10k.
  • For a memory to become sweeter, add a bit of suffering.
Running cold
Running cold

Keep running

Stephan

P.S. Got another old man’s medal for this one. Silver.

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