dog sitting and trying not to freeze to death

This week we are dog sitting Annie dog.  So far Kiva has enjoyed the company (she didn't enjoy her cousin Maggie's company so much because Maggie wouldn't leave her alone...even when she was trying to sleep).  Last night they traded beds, which is kind of shocking because Kiva (like me) does not like to share!  Then this morning she patiently waited in her kennel with her food until Annie got her food, and then they had breakfast together!

It has been kind of cold around here the last few weeks.  I'm over it.  I want snow, not single digit temps and clear skies.  

I had planned on just running from home this morning, but when I looked at the temperatures, I made a new plan.  I ended up driving to Hilltop and starting from there (it was advertised that it would be ~10 degrees warmer).

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Who wants to start running in zero degree weather and then run through -5 degrees only to turn around and have to run back through -5 and end at 0?  Not me!  Especially since I could have near tropical temps (18+) if I just drove a few miles.  

Good thinking on my part...except it was slightly colder than advertised when I started (more like 5-7 degrees), but it quickly warmed up as I ran up.  I ran from Hilltop, up the multi-use trail and then up Birch road (for those of you that don't live in Anchorage...that's pretty much a giant uphill on the way out).  The first mile or so was horribly painfully cold.  I kept wondering why I was doing this to myself and hoping that I didn't lose a finger or a toe (meanwhile Kiva was completely oblivious to the fact that I was flirting with death).  It took at least 20 minutes for everything to be warm.  Under more normal winter circumstances it takes me 10 minutes to warm up.  Today, my hands warmed up after 10 minutes or so, but it took my feet way longer.  First my left foot got warm, then my right food got warm and my left foot got cold again, then they finally both got warm.

When I got to the top of the hill where Birch Rd and Huffman meet I could feel it getting warmer.  It was glorious.  

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This was supposed to be a progression run with the last 10 minutes at a moderate pace.  I kind of failed miserably at that one since most of the last mile was not only uphill, but also the coldest part of the whole run (except for the beginning through the same part was colder).

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 Mile 5 was super speedy (it was all downhill), but then I got a giant cramp and had to slow down...and then slow down some more.  

I'm going to stop over analyzing things that don't really matter right now.  I ran 7 miles in the frigid cold today...what did you do?