Saturday, January 8, 2011

Freeze Your Thorns Off 5K Virtual Race


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 
crowd!

Looking down the ravine I would
be heading into.


Not really. The race was on a normal
road!





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!  

22 comments:

Lisa said...

Nice pace on your virtual run!

Heather said...

Way to go! The road looks so pretty with all the snow on the side. Glad you stayed warm.

Ewa said...

Love your report. Seems your injury is history - great! You are so lucky to have these roads that seem to have no traffic on them.

Jill said...

YAY!!! You are doing excellent girl, so happy the heel is happy and so glad you had a very nice virtual 5K!! I wimped out, mostly because it was very dark when I ran my 5K tonight, and did it on the treadmill. Boy, it is pretty there, but wow does it look cold. I think I am ready for spring already! :)

Hope things are going ok... email me and let me know what's going on!
xo

FruitFly said...

Woohoo!!
And what a peaceful looking setting to have your virtual race!

Liz said...

Good running in the cold! We have snow again here too. I tried a 1 mile run yesterday and I've lost so much fitness!

Jim ... 50after40 said...

Great Job! That looks beautiful ... but cold. Great Run!

Molly said...

great that you got outside, and that your heel is holding up!!

HappyTrails said...

Looks like recovery is going well for AJH - woo hoo!!! (although the bike probably misses you...) It's that time of year when photos look black and white except for the color in the running clothes! Have a great week.

Julie said...

Great job on your race! What a beautiful snowy setting. Brrr.

Giorgio said...

Beautiful report of your virtual run! Christina from Phoenix ran it too! I like that road where you ran! The race wasn't on a normal road! that was a nice route through a wonderful landscape :)

Fran said...

I think 29:33 is a great time. Well done Andrea.

Great pics but boy am I glad to see the snow at your city and that it's gone in mine :)

misszippy said...

Great job! Looks like a spectacular course to freeze your thorns off on.

Dash said...

yay!! Congrats to you, as always, your pics are fantastic and I think you and Andrew had the toughest conditions for this race yet!

P said...

Woo hoo for an excellent race!! So nice to have a reason to push yourself a little harder - way to go! And thank goodness you didn't really have to run into that ravine. :)

Andrew Opala said...

Awesome run! Great time. I wish I had cleared roads like that when I ran.

The lack of traction was my worst enemy.

Anne said...

Woohoo on your comeback race! You did great :)

Regarding my face mask...it wasn't too cold, but it was very windy (and snowing), so when facing the wind, we needed to cover our face :)

Meg said...

Nice work! I'd speed up to stay warm too, if I were you! I haven't ever done a virtual race, it sounds like fun.
Have a nice week, hope everything at school is going smoothly despite the political issues.

racing dawn said...

great finish time! you are tough as nails to get out there in the cold! i'm such a big baby when it comes to cold! :)

Teamarcia said...

Oooh 21 I'm envious! Nicely done! I'll bet it's awesome to be back racing again--virtual or not. I agree I think we need a 'Rock your running fashion' race!

Tim Wilson said...

Nice job - especially with a pace faster than you were planning!

Adam said...

Sorry I'm just now commenting on this....

Great job! Running faster than plan is always a good time. Plus, I loved the finishers picture :)