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.|
|Removed one pair of tights and one shirt.|
|The medal reads, "I must be crazy! Midnight Special 5K"|
|My husband said, "Your face is glowing like..." I replied, "A nuclear reactor?"|
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.