I couldn't go back to sleep after that, naturally, so I turned on the TV while I was still under my electric blanket. Estelle, Chandler, and Paolo were all on the bed with me, enjoying the warmth as well. And then, at about 6:00, the power went out. I kept waiting for it to flicker and come back on, but it didn't.
When Jerry got home, we lit some candles so we could see, but I was worrying about freezing to death today. It was -2 degrees, with a windchill of -14. This is the coldest day we've had in four years! The kids woke up, and were very excited that school was canceled, until I they realized the power was out. Then they immediately started complaining that they were bored, naturally.
My little brother Nathan offered to bring over his generator if the power didn't come back on soon, so we at least had a back-up plan. But at around 7:30, the power came back... relief!
The only upside to having no power was that I had a perfect excuse to skip my run, since my treadmill wouldn't work. But when the power came back on, I (reluctantly) got my running clothes on and started running. Tuesdays are my "easy" day, where I just run three miles at whatever pace I feel like running.
I started out at 7.1 mph (and this time I remembered to set my incline at 1%), and just kept bumping up the speed throughout the run. With about a mile to go, I realized I could have a pretty good 5K time, so I decided to increase the speed some more and tack on an extra 0.1 miles to the distance.
I finished with my best 5K time ever, 24:44 (7:57/mi pace)! I'm going to have to try to do that outside soon.
I got an e-mail from Stephanie with some pictures of some mock-up shirts she did at Zazzle.com. They looked really cute! I looked through some of the shirts, and I really liked the raglan sleeved one, with green sleeves (green is my favorite color).
I think I am getting sick :( My throat has been sore for a couple of days, I have a headache that won't go away, and I'm SO tired all day long. I feel completely drained. Today, Eli was complaining about his throat hurting, so chances are, we both have the same thing going on. I felt kind of invincible after getting the flu shot, thinking that there was no way I'd get sick--but I've actually felt kind of crummy ever since getting the shot. Could be a coincidence, who knows.
I just really don't want to be sick on Friday! Not just because of the 5K, but because I want to enjoy lunch at La Pita and some drinks at the comedy club. So far, I feel like I did just before my marathon, with the sore throat and headache. Eventually, that progressed to sinus infection, and bronchitis. I'm praying that this is just a little stress cold or something.
Looking at tomorrow's temps, it looks like it'll be pretty much the same as today. I'm hoping I don't get another 5 AM wake-up call!