Yes, it was astonishingly cold.
The kind of cold that instantly sucks the moisture from your skin. The bone-chilling freeze that turns your normally deft feet into blocks of gawky ice. The wintry blast that never allows you to warm - regardless of pace or distance.
I suppose I'd complain a little less about the cold had I run a little faster. I finished in 1:45:48 or about 8:04 per mile. All in all, not too bad. But when compared to my time for this race last year... Well, there really is no comparison.
Bottom line is that I have lost a substantial amount of endurance and fitness and there's only one way to get it back.
"Ain't nothing to it but to do it."