I was so close to skipping this run all together, but am so glad I did it. The weather was brutal in Upstate NY (we’re talking snot freezing, numb toes, and hypothermia weather) and I was not liking the idea of subjecting myself to the elements.
However, my best friend texted me that morning to let me know she was on her way to get me. There was no turning back–it was time to bundle up and run this thing as fast as I could. The saving grace was that at the end of it all I would be rewarded with wine, turkey and a Thanksgiving feast.
The first mile felt pretty good (aside from the cold) and I felt like I could push through this race with a sub 10 pace, but then mile 2 hit. Mile 2 was horrible for so many reasons. My pace went from sub 10 to 11:43/mile.
1) I lost feeling in my fingers and my toes.
2) The roads were slick and icy.
3) It was uphill.
4) There were gusts of wind that burned me with windchill and nearly swept me off my feet.
I’d seriously never felt so cold in my life! The wind was crazy and I couldn’t believe how strong the gusts were. I never knew that I could be blown off my feet, but there were times I had to catch myself because the wind was THAT strong.
Mile 3 was SO much better. The course switch to flatter lands and the trees helped block the wind. The remainder of the course was also on a decline so I finished off mile 3 strong with a 9:16 pace. I was so ready to finish and figured that the faster I went the sooner I’d be inside sipping hot cocoa and eating a cider donut.
The race, wasn’t too crazy and we were required to track our own times at the finish. My finish time was 32:17 (runkeeper said 32:15 for 3.17 miles) and I think I placed 186 out of who knows how many.
Once I finished I ran back to finish with friend–I didn’t want her to feel like I had completely abandoned her. Overall, it was a fun race and one I might consider doing it every year that I am up for the holiday.