Saturday night, I had a filling and energizing meal at our friends' house, who were both running the race with me the next morning! We had some great food, some fantastic wine (hydration?) and awesome conversation. I was in bed by 11:30, and set the alarm for 7:45 (It was a 10:30 race start).Although I would have rather laid in bed, than get up and get ready to run 9 miles in 24 degree weather, I got up, made a filling breakfast (with some coffee to perk me up a bit) and relaxed a bit reading emails and watching TV. Around 8:55 (I had originally planned on leaving the house at 8:45) I decided it was a good time to get dressed :)
|banana oatmeal, coffee, and water (of course)|
I had about 3.5 miles to run to get to the bib pick up, and meet up with J, Ashley and Tim (the couple who's house I was at the night before) all within 25 minutes. I made it just before 10, but at a much quicker "warm-up/long run" pace than I had originally thought about doing. I was a little nervous of how that would affect my final 5.5 miles, but I quickly squashed that thought when I got to the race, chugged a complimentary Powerade Zero, picked up my bib, met up with everyone, and had 30 minutes to stand around and freeze. I was just going to take off my long sleeve base layer (and just keep the jacket), but in a last minute decision, I decided to keep all layers on, and I am SoOoO happy I did - I didn't warm up again until part way through the race, and even then it was still frigid when you hit the shade!
|Ashley and Tim|
The next couple of miles were pretty uneventful, except for almost getting hit by a car pulling out of a parking space along the course. The course was an open (meaning none of the roads were closed) course, and for being one in a city area, I was extremely impressed with how organized and safe it felt (minus that one little incident). There was a water stop at mile 1.5 and probably around 4 (there were no mile markers, I was going by feel and where the 5k finish was located). I didn't stop at either, as it was so cold, I was afraid it would be less than desirable to drink the water (I had licked my lips at the beginning of the race and immediately regretted doing so, as they promptly began to freeze). However, the moment I was out of reach of the second water stop, I immediately regretted not stopping for a small cup...for the rest of the race...it was like a wall of cold/dry air hit me and I immediately felt fatigued, dry mouthed, and freezing! I only had one more mile to go though, so I powered through, knowing there was only 7-8 minutes left in my race.
Even though the course was a pretty simple out about 2.5 miles on one road and back the rest on a second road...I got confused at the ending and thought the finish line was close and pushed my finishing stride...only to have to extend that push for another block and a half or so (around a corner). I finished pretty strong given that it was technically my 8.5th mile, had my name called as I finished (love that!) and continued a slower jog out .25 mile and back to finish up a full 9 for the day.
|Happy to be done with my workout for the day, and just noticed how telling the guy's blue shirt is behind me...|
"Follow me to the Beer" haha LOVE it!
Post-race was a lot of fun, there was a live band all decked out in Pats gear (whomp, whomp, whomppp) and an entire wall of the (heated) tent filled with local beers (Same Adams, Long Trail, and Notch?) as well as some Magners cider. I waited in the daunting beer line to claim my complimentary plastic RaceMenu "Super 5" pint glass and a German Saisson that I loved from Notch. We all de-briefed with our drinks about the race, and then headed our own ways.
All in all, it was a great race - very well organized (RaceMenu is phenomenal at throwing races), a new PR for me (seeing as I have never raced a 5-miler before), and a successful long run in the books!).
February 5, 2012
00:38:58, 7:48 pace
F19-29: 42nd place
And for your viewing pleasure...I leave you with this gem...
|I believe that is me trying to smile as they called my name?|
---------------------------------------------------------Have you ever raced a 5-miler before?
I really loved the distance, but it could be because it is a very familiar distance for me