- The following message was posted on the NYS Winter Park Series website: "Due to cold weather, the awards ceremony for the Robert Moses 5k (1/23)will take place after the Jones Beach 5k (1/30)." Although I was not expecting to attend this ceremony, this was a sign.
- When I got up Sunday morning I turned on the local weather forecast. They said that Long Island's historical average low temperature for January 23 was 26 degrees and that today's high temperature wasn't expected to reach 26 degrees. Another sign.
- The wind was supposed to be blowing at 15-20 mph leaving a wind chill of about zero.
- When I got in my car the thermometer read 19. This was much better than when I got home late last night where it read 3. Yes, three. Fahrenheit. Another sign.
- To get to the race site at Robert Moses State Park, I had to take the bridge to go over Great South Bay. The bay was mostly frozen over. Sign again.
- I got out of my car and ran a little to warm up (ha!). All I accomplished was losing the feeling in my face since it was frozen.
- At the end of my warm up, I reset my Garmin and the screen read "Keys Locked." I went back to the car to sit in relative warmth, googled a solution to this issue and fixed it.
- Since I had a few minutes,I called my wife. She commented "I don't want to seem unsupportive but I have no idea how you can be considering actually running outside today." Sign, sign, sign.
- I headed over to the starting line fondly thinking about running on a treadmill - a not frozen treadmill. I thought that nothing was worse than a treadmill. Could today set a new standard?
- I found a spot near the starting line out of the wind (hiding behind a van from a local radio station). Without the wind, the temperature was fine. With the wind, no so much.
- My goal was to just run the whole thing without a walk break. I realized that the wind would not cooperate with running fast so decided to keep a steady pace.
Maybe there is a limit to my stupidity after all?
PS: Hail to the Steelers!