A year ago January I raced in the Inaugural 5K in Durham, NH. It was easily the coldest day I had ever raced. Well no more! I don't know what the temperature or the wind chill was but it was FREEZING today in Lake George. Just stepping out of the car at the elementary school was enough to take your breath away. But that was nothing compared to running alongside the lake with the wind whipping across the lake to push against you no matter which direction you were running in. I was very proud of both myself and my friend who braved the elements and ran in spite of the cold.
My friend had come along to cheer me on although I had asked her if she wanted to race. Much to my surprise she decided to race in spite of the fact that she hadn't been running in awhile. She weighed the pros and cons and despite a lot of hesitation went ahead and registered. Many people would have stayed behind in the warm elementary school. I was very proud that she bit the bullet and ran! Of course then there was all the usual agonizing over what to wear. If you didn't have to go outside and STAND THERE waiting for the race to start it would be fine. I ended up with one layer of pants, long sleeve shirt, vest and hoodie. I wore a headband, thin gloves and turtle fur. I did end up with the hood up the whole way even though the wind in the hood probably slowed me down a great deal. (ha ha) Overall the right clothing decision.
UP for the longest hill in the race. When I reached mile 3 my pace was 9:01. As you can see there was no guarantee I would be under 36 minutes which is what I was striving for. I had a little more of an uphill and then it was downhill with a long flat finish. I had been passing many more people than were passing me so I felt good about that. Once I got to the flat part I remembered that last year it was much longer than I thought so I was mentally prepared for that. I passed a woman in a purplish hoodie and stayed ahead of her for quite awhile. After we turned the final corner she passed me going quite a bit faster than she had been going. I reminded myself that I should have some left as I started out slower than usual. I didn't think I could pass her again but knew just attempting it would better my time. I didn't pass her but it gave me the last minute surge I needed. I crossed the finish line in 35:49 with a pace of 8:57. It is amazing how much happier I am with that than 9:01. As soon as the woman in the purple hoodie and I got through the chute we turned to each other and said together, "You were a great inspiration to keep up with!" I love runners!
Then I waited for my friend to finish, no longer feeling the cold as much in my exhilaration! Racing always leaves me high for hours! She was thrilled at finishing and running the whole way. We went inside, changed and waited for awards. I placed 2nd in my age group! I got a pin. I have placed here each year I did it. One year it was a medal. Last year a trophy. This year a pin. I must say I am a sucker for the hardware. No big deal though.
Then we headed out to shop. I'll save that for another post! These photos are after the race. We are trying to look cold. I think we succeeded. Tomorrow I am scheduled to run 12. I am okay with that but I so need it not to be freezing. I have been a good sport but enough already!
This is the shirt. It is fine, nothing special but I
at least got a small.