It is good to be back and yes I did find a way to finish the Disney World Marathon despite having two legs that stopped working after mile 22. It was all heart that is for sure and it of course all goes back to the weather. The heat and humidity hit at about mile 18 and with the blazing sun, I didn't stand a chance. I have a family and they will always come first and I am really big on heat safety and so I humbly forced myself to slow down from a seven minute pace over the first 17 miles to an 11 minute pace for the final six miles. The humidity at one point was 96% with a runner's feels like temperature of 90 on the hot pavement. I had no choice to go to plan B and then went to plan C when cramps started. I want to the thank the two nurses that ran out to me and put bio-freeze on both of my legs when they saw the writhing pain I was in. I felt like an NFL player being fixed up so I could finish the race, and finish the race I did. I finished about 2,200 out of 14,000 runners which is still in the top 14%, so I was very proud of this. I finished in 4 hours and 1 minute. I will share more about the race later. Nature is about to put us all through a marathon of its own. The best part of my trip was spending time with my family and seeing my Mom, Dad, and brother who were all doing wonderful. Check out one of the highlights of my trip!
Take a look at those scrumptious tiger shrimp my Mom made. I think I miss the great seafood in Florida even more than the beaches! Now today is cold with wind chills falling just below zero but it is only an appetizer of the main course of cold air that is moving our way with a second clipper. It may cause you to lose your appetite once you hear how cold it is going to get. First off we need to be ready for much more in the way of snow than we have seen over the past couple of weeks. I see a one to three inch snow over most of the area although points south toward Interstate 70 will likely see an inch or less. I think most of us will average out to about 2 to 2.5 inches of snow and today up in Miami County and Fulton County where they had 2 to 3 inches of snow last night it caused huge trouble on the roadways today. This could be a preview for us on Wednesday. I have the snow beginning after 5 a.m. and tapering off in the afternoon. The second and bigger concern will be not just the cold but the dangerous cold on the way. I have wind chill values close to 35 below zero by Thursday night and actual lows near 14 below zero which can cause frostbite in only 10 minutes. Travel will not be recommended without a winter survival kit beginning tomorrow morning. I will be back to go over some basics and let you know if any records will tumble like the temperatures.