8 AM. 17 degrees. Below zero real feel. 10K or 6.21371 miles. You'd have to be crazy to do this right? Well, 4,204 of us were crazy on Saturday morning. 

When I originally signed up for this race, I didn't think that it'd be the week that the Polar Vortex and just unleashed its wrath on the Northeast. Despite it being the first half of January, I figured "New York is always a little bit warmer than Boston anyways. If I could run that 5K in December in Boston while it was raining, I should be okay here!"

Those should be famous last words.

It was unbelievably cold! Waiting in my corral and the first 2.5 miles, I couldn't feel my fingers. At some point, I attempted to use my gloves as mittens -- that didn't work out very well. But after the first bit, it wasn't that bad. 

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For this Run OOTD, I had to layer up. (It's going to be a long list.)

  • Nike Pro Long-Sleeve V-Neck Women's Training Shirt
  • Nike Pro Hyperwarm Half-Zip
  • Nike Aeroloft 800 Vest
  • Nike Pro Hyperwarm 3.0 Tights
  • Lululemon Gloves
  • Lululemon Headband
  • Nike Elite Cushioned Crew Running Socks
  • Nike Running Wrap (worn as scarf/half face mask)
  • Powerbeats
  • Nathan TorchLight Phantom Pak
Image from  NYRR.org

Image from NYRR.org

The route took us through almost all of Central Park and it was beautiful (of course, if you forget that it's below freezing and you're only at mile 2 of your 6.2.) But really, it was great to see the majority of the park and some parts that I wouldn't normally go. I've included the course map above.

I realize that 10K isn't much further than those 6 miles from a while ago, but it's a big accomplishment for me but it's the first time I've done an officially timed run of a longer distance. I also learned that I definitely need to learn what foods work best for me for breakfast. If you have any suggestions for me to try, please send them my way!

Despite the cold, the lack of training (totally my fault) and the imperfect breakfast, I'm glad I did it. My next race is February 1 (Super Bowl Sunday!) and I get to see how far I can throw a football. Hopefully it'll be warmer and people here in NYC won't hate on my Patriots gear.

If you're curious about what races I'll be running in the future, feel free to check out the Upcoming page!

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