Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Frozen Training Winners

The Zoot CompressRx thermal contest had me laughing all day. I love the fact that everyone was not afraid to laugh at themselves and train through the tough winter elements.

I wish I could give everyone prizes. However, if you didn't win in this round please check back tomorrow for a new Zoot giveaway contest.

The entry that made me laugh the most:
It was 1991 and my first winter running. I had just bought these new fangled spandex tights to run in. Being the inexperienced runner, I believed these would keep me warm in any temperature. I also believed I did not need underwear underneath them.

So I decided to break them out for the first time on a 10 mile run when the temps were in the low 20s(F) and 20+mph winds. I was excited thinking I would be warm and looking great. Before I go any further, let me be clear here. I am a male and this was VERY thin spandex.

I head out the door and it's very cold with the wind chill. But nothing to worry about, I have magical spandex pants to keep everything warm!! Two miles into my run I realize I made a mistake and 'things' started getting unbearably cold. But I soldier on figuring once I start to warm up everything will be ok. I get to four miles and realize things are better and worse. Better in that I could barely feel anything from my waist down and worse because I couldn't feel ANYTHING from my waist down.

At the time, I was 23 and not married.  I seriously thought I was in danger of never having children if I kept this up much longer. I was four miles from home, freezing and numb. Cell phones did not exist and I had no change on me to call for a ride. So I did the only thing I could think of, I turned around and ran the 4 miles home with both hands in my pants trying to keep from going sterile. Did I mention I was also on the busiest street in town? A town of 30,000 people where my mom was on the school board and my dad was city controller?

For a while I managed to only 'warm' myself while no cars were going by worried what people would think. But that didn't last long. Within a mile I was running full time with both hands attempting to keep from becoming an icicle.

I finally reached home thinking I had escaped any major embarassment and maintained my fertile status.  But shortly after getting out of a nice, long, hot shower, my girlfriend at the time called to inform me she saw me and my 'new' girlfriend running down the street.  So much for no embarassment.

Over the years I have learned to better dress for the cold weather but would still love a new CompressRx Thermal shirt. -Chris Janus

Some of the best pictures I received:

Minnesota winter activity at New Years. I'm pretty sure if you are from Minnesota you are either crazy or hard core. . .

An "I wasn't prepared for the conditions" race . . .

Beth rocking a race - it was 4 degrees and she described it as "Not that bad". Awesome!


Big Daddy Diesel said...

The comments on the post are easily the best ones of the year

Beth said...

Oh my gosh - that story is HILARIOUS! Poor guy! I hope he is married and has many children now. :) YAY I won!!! :)

Christi said...

Yea to the winner! What a great story!

Running and living said...

Great decision on the winner! Cracks me up! Well deserved:)

Kim said...

OMG that is hilarious! congrats to the winner! (and nice icicle beard to beth)

Jennifer said...

Charisa, that running story reminds me of this hilarious new product for men: ThermaJock, aka weiner warmer. The product itself is funny enough, but the way this guy writes about it is priceless. Perhaps this should be your next giveaway!

Jason said...

I honestly think I have never laughed so hard and some of my favorite movies are:

Dumb and Dumber
Old School
The Hangover

Teresa said...


Caratunk Girl said...

Awesome photos and stories!! Congrats to the winners!!

Man, I miss out on one Charisa blog post, and I missed out on a giveaway, that will teach me! ha ha :)

Seriously, that Polar Bear swim looks terrible!! Brr.

solarpowered said...

Congrats to the winner! Well-deserved :)

And thanks for the fun stuff, Charisa :)

GoBigGreen said...

Yes. True.
We are crazy to live in MN. oh that isnt what you meant? IS the crazy the chicken or the egg? :)