It was a cold and blustery morning for the 5K Chill Challenge at Taughannock Falls State Park. Despite the snow and sleet falling from the skies, I stayed fairly warm throughout the race. I don’t know if it was the promise of hot chili at the end, but the cold didn’t bother me as much as I anticipated.
I went to the race solo, leaving my biggest cheerleaders at home was hard, but it was too cold to keep my guys waiting for me to double the course. Yes, I said double the course!
The day prior I had attempted to put in my 6 mile training run, but 1 mile in (with my son in the jogging stroller) it began to downpour. I ended up cutting the run short and waited long enough for the rain to slow before I booked it back home. That night I made the last-minute decision to sign up for the race and figured I could easily tack on the extra 3 miles.
Because I was planning on doubling the course I was careful to pace myself at my 6 mile pace and did a reasonable job at doing so. The course was mostly flat, but there were a few inclines at the 3/4 mile mark. My splits were fairly reasonable and actually better than they had been for my last 6 mile run.
Mile 4 was tough, but I pushed through and picked it up as I came back down. It was fun to double back on the course and see the remaining runners/walkers on their way in. It really reminded me of how far I’ve come and that it doesn’t matter how slow you are going. If you’re trying and doing, you are accomplishing something and that’s all that matters.