Because so much happens in a few short hours for a race, I'm just going to do it in short summaries for my race recap...
The Ups & Downs
DOWN // I slept AWFUL the night before. With my cracked tooth, I slept in my mouth guard, that I haven't slept in for years &it was just uncomfortable, waking me up every hour. I need my sleep.
DOWN // Woke up & saw the temps outside was 28 degrees. I was NOT happy. I have trained all year on my treadmill & have avoided being outside in the cold. It's moments like this where I realize that's not the smartest.
UP // I still had plenty of good running clothes for layers that made me actually feel OK.
UP // Asics Pink gloves that are SOOO warm. These babies are incredible!!!
UP // A knitted neck warmer. I had made this for my stack of stock that I'm trying to build up for a possible Etsy store. But when I saw the temps I thought I need to cover my face & grabbed it out of my pile & put it on. It was a LIFESAVER!!!!
DOWN // Ricky wasn't sure if he was going to run with me or just drop me off & meet me at the finish line. So in the end, we left the house late & then he decided he wanted to run with me so we had to park. We got there when all the roads were closed & we had to maneuver to get around... & STILL ended up parking in a hospital parking garage & had to RUN about 1.5 miles to get to the start line..... Nothing like that kind of pressure.
DOWN // As I was running to get to the start, I stepped off a curb & thought it was a little water on the road. Nope - it was ankle deep of freezing water. My foot was FROZEN the whole race.
DOWN // I was on the wrong side of the START line when the buzzer went off. And the crowd of people cheering on the runners were overwhelming the side walk. I was EXHAUSTED before I even got from the parking lot to the start line, through the people.
UP // We were able to slide in though & at least I had a good warm up.
UP // It was a great turn out for the race. Wasn't sure what the weather was going to do to people.
UP // LOVE seeing lots of kids running these 5ks. Get these kids started in a healthy habit.
UP // One little girl had a sweat shirt on that said, "WILL RUN FOR TIARAS".... I want one of those!!!
DOWN // Downtown roads are tight for a few thousand people to squeeze through. #claustrophobic ... they also hold wind tunnels in between all those buildings. 28 degrees with massive winds? Brutal
DOWN // Add in snow on tight roads & its even tighter.
DOWN // & people still try to dodge around the edges & I should just laugh when they have to run in snow piles but I always felt bad.
UP // Ricky was easy to find in the crowd. Not everyone wears a white ninja mask & has a long pony tail sticking out of it.
|Hey - my husband's ponytail is about the same as the lady across from him!|
UP // I was just planning on doing a slow pace of 4 minutes walk / 1 minute run but got there & picked it up to 3 min walk / 2 minute run. You'd think it wouldn't make that much of a difference but it did.
UP // The race seemed to be over before it began.
DOWN // the walk back to the hospital parking garage was FOREVER long because the finish line was even FURTHER away then the start. SO it was about 2 miles back... at the end of the race, we had done over 7 miles.
UP // .... that makes me feel better to know my 10k in 2 weeks is very doable.... as long as parking isn't the same problem
UP // We did our routine - headed to Panera bread after the race. Avocado, egg white & spinach sandwich & we split a quinoa oatmeal. Good hearty finish to the day.
DOWN // Panera's iced coffee was disgusting. They were out of cream so that was the problem.
DOWN // This was truly my worst 5k EVER... like by 4 minutes. That's HUGE....
UP // .... I didn't even care. I was just glad to have gotten out & done it ... & FINISHED!!!!... & finished with a smile.
Now onto the 10K!!!