Amy asked me if I wanted to run an 8K race that was held this morning. Our local Road Runners has a “Winter Series” and has races in the area during November-March. There are 5K, 8K, 10K, 15K, 5 miler and 10 miler distances and they are known for being brutally cold! You pay $25 once and are able to run all 8 races with the same bib, if you want. Amy has been doing them with her daughter and husband this year. I didn’t really have an excuse NOT to do the race… the weather was cold, but the roads are completely clear.
So, I ran it and I was pretty happy with my results! I had absolutely no expectations because I have been doing a lot of treadmill running lately and I am still getting back into the swing of things. I know my speed will get better in the next few months, but I have been feeling really slow lately. It is tough taking months off!
I thought I could stay with Amy for a little bit, but she is just so fast! I tried to slow it down after I knew I pushed my first mile a little too hard and ended up staying right around a 9:30-something pace. I was fine with that and I was determined not to take any walking breaks! I was even happier when I was able to pick it up a tiny bit at the end. I was really tired! I was surprised when I saw my distance was 5.09 and Amy’s Garmin said the same thing. I thought an 8K was supposed to be 4.97?? I wish the race was just called a 5 miler, but oh well!
I wore my new tights from Road Runner Sports and they were perfect! I also wore my new insoles but in my old Brooks shoes. My tights stayed in place the entire time, have a nice zipper pocket in the back and covered my ankles. I was cold when I started the race, but comfortable after a mile or so. It was about 25 degrees.
I did a little side braid to keep my short ponytail in place and it worked. I wore multiple shades of pink today too. Yes, my Christmas tree is still up. I have no plans of taking it down this weekend.
Good race for everyone! Amy rocked it in 43- something! :)