Thanks to Adam for sponsoring this. It was my first race since August!
T and I headed out for an 8 mile run - my longest run since coming back from my injury. I decided to do the 5K on the way back, starting as we turned around at the halfway point.
Do I look ready or what? These feet are anxious
to hit the course!
She picked me up and it was 21.6 degrees so we had the freeze your thorns off part covered. It actually didn't feel bad at all. I had only one layer of pants ( a brand new Christmas pair from Emily - from LuLu - very cozy hard core winter pants) and two layers plus a vest on top. I wore my usual turtle fur - CAN NOT STAND a cold neck, a headband instead of a hat plus mittens. The whole time I felt perfectly dressed. It was lightly snowing but I decided not to wear my Yak Trax as the whole road was not covered. T and I didn't run together last weekend because of my praying to the porcelain god so we had a lot of catching up to do. We ran the first 4 miles very slowly with both of us mentioning as we approached the half way point that we didn't really feel like speeding up. But if I say I am going to race I race. Sooo. We turned around, took some pics and off we went.
At the race start fighting
my way to the beginning of the
Looking down the ravine I would
be heading into.
Not really. The race was on a normal
I have been running 11 - 12 minute miles outside so I was shooting for below 10. I started out and T was quickly ahead of me. I did keep her about the same distance ahead the whole race so that alone felt like an accomplishment. It felt like a long 3 miles and I can see I need to build my racing endurance back up. But I was glad to be doing this as without it I would have been running my usual 11 minute miles. I absolutely pushed myself to keep going
blisteringly fast faster than a snail's pace.
Triumphant at the finish!
My overall pace was 9:33 with all my miles being fairly even. My final time was 29:36. I'll take it. We finished off the last .9 talking about how tired we were. There is some work to be done that is for sure! Thanks to Adam once again for sponsoring this! It's amazing how much fun a virtual race can be!