Thursday, January 01, 2015

Enell Ambassador Race Report: Midnight Special 5K

Due to injury, I didn't get to do the Turkey Trot 5K I registered for with Enell, so I decided to do the Midnight Special 5K as a sort of make-up race.

If I hadn't preregistered, I might have wimped out on the race, as windchills were in the single-digits and I knew I would be doing most of the running on a bike trail that had no shelter from the wind.

Instead, I put on my big-girl bra (a Scuba Blue Enell Sport), bundled up, and wore a sparkly scarf just to tell the wind that I didn't care, it was still New Year's Eve.

I'm wearing three tech-fabric shirts and two pairs of tights in this picture. I added a Gore-Tex suit, a stocking cap, and a neck gaiter to this base outfit so I wouldn't freeze. I also had a headlamp so I could see where I was going.
I wish I had gotten pictures of some of the people prepping for the race. I saw men wearing snazzy Goodwill suits and quite a few women with sequined evening gowns over their running gear.  Lots of people wore lights of some sort, as the course is very dark. The race started at 11:45 p.m. on December 31. 

Running out into the cold wind was pretty brutal. I had hoped to run with a friend but everyone I knew was faster than I was that night.  I gave the race my all but I just couldn't make myself move any faster, so I ran alone.  The cold wind made my lungs ache. It was an out-and-back course, and after the turnaround, the wind was at my back and I really warmed up.  It was a clear night and I heard some people in the surrounding houses shooting off fireworks at midnight. 

I didn't get any action photos. My iPhone was in my pocket and registered a temperature warning -- it was too HOT to be used. I thought I saw the 3-mile mark earlier than I really did, so I pushed harder and longer than I planned to. Official results aren't available yet, but I finished right around 35 minutes (about 11:15 pace for those of you keeping score at home).  My husband (who finished the race about 10:00 faster than me) tried to snap a photo of me at the finish and this is all he got.

This is me, but it's blurry. It gives you a sense of how very dark it was.
I was so hot (crazy, I know) at the finish that I had to immediately get inside and start stripping off layers.  I took a little lie-down on the gym floor before getting my first post-race photo.

Removed one pair of tights and one shirt. 
Then I put on the race t-shirt and the medal for a second photo.

The medal reads, "I must be crazy! Midnight Special 5K"
Then I thought I'd better put on my Enell Ambassador jacket, pack up, and head home. I was very tired and we had a little bit of a drive back to the house.

My husband said, "Your face is glowing like..." I replied, "A nuclear reactor?"
I'm glad I did the race -- it was a great way to start 2015 off right. Before the race, we had had plans of going home and toasting with champagne, but we both agreed that all we wanted was sleep.

After all my injury problems, I was happy to feel good and finish strong, especially in such brutal conditions. I am shooting for a sub-30:00 5K time this summer, and quite a few triathlons. I'm grateful for all the support, literal and otherwise, I get from Enell to help me reach my goals.

Happy New Year! Here's to a 2015 filled with big dreams and bigger accomplishments.


  1. Midnight race sounds fun!....but BRRRRRRRRR. congrats on getting it done.

    1. It was fun but yeah, very cold. Thanks for commenting!

  2. What a great way to start new year... really does set the tone! Also on a fashion note, I love that blue on you :)

    1. Thanks! I was going for an Elsa "Cold doesn't bother me anyway" vibe. I also had snowflake earrings.


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