After a restless night of sleep, I got up when my alarm went off at 6:15 a.m. I felt lazy so breakfast was coffee, a mini blueberry Clif bar and a mini Balance Bar that I found leftover from HLS. I scored free parking by parking a little ways away, but it gave me a chance to get a little warm-up in before the race. After a minor fiasco where they couldn’t find my bib at first, I finally secured my bib and race shirt and jogged back to my car to strip down to the layers I planned to race in. When I got back to my car, I noticed my toes were in pain from the cold which had happened to me the prior weekend. It was about ten degrees warmer, so I was confused. I wasn’t wearing the warmest of socks, but didn’t have any issues with them last winter. Perhaps the shoes I’m running in currently are just that much thinner?
It was nearing race time, so I headed to the start time and I positioned myself near-ish to the front. I knew that this was the type of race where there would be some walkers starting closer to the front than they should, but I also get anxiety about starting too close to the front. But again, I regretted starting further back than I should have and had to do a lot of weaving for the first quarter of a mile or so.
Minus a little phlegm (sorry, TMI, but that cold I felt coming on has only gotten worse since then), I felt really good and decided to push hard for as long as I could. Since I hadn’t been running a ton, I wasn’t sure how long I was going to be able to hold the pace, but (spoiler alert) I actually ended up with negative splits.
The course was an out-and-back and besides a few inclines, it was pretty flat. My left hamstring started acting up at barely a mile in and then I started getting hungry right around the turnaround/halfway point. After that, for the rest of the race I kept focusing on maintaining my pace and not getting passed. Before I knew it, I could see the finish line in the distance!
24:30 / 7:54 pace
18th in AG
All weekend I was debating if I had indeed achieved a PR. My official time was a 5K PR but my Garmin and RunKeeper both showed a short course. But thanks to Twitter and Katie, I checked the website and since it was a certified course, I’m calling it a PR!
Who else turkey trotted?
Any tips for keeping my toes warm this winter while running?