Although there was no PR this year, it was still a solid race. To start things off, here are my race results:
Pace: 7:07 min/mile
Age Group Place: 3/48
Gender Place: 10/311
Post-race with Mom wearing matching Oiselle sweatshirts ;)
The race started decently. I lined up a tad late, but still started in a good position. Not too close to the front, but not too far back. The road was covered in packed snow for a good quarter of a mile near the start but since my legs were fresh at that point, it didn't seem too bad. Slowed me down a bit but nothing I was too concerned about.
I kept my focus on running steady and using runners in front of me to help pull me along. My focus was temporarily snapped when the runner in front of me slipped at the turnaround point and took a nasty fall. Somehow he popped right back up and kept on running, but it looked like a super painful spill. It was a reminder to me to be careful on the snowy bits!
The last mile was a true struggle. I was working so hard and the packed snow portion from the beginning of the race made it super tough. It felt like I was running through quick sand! I wanted to run faster - mainly because I wanted it to be over - but couldn't. All I could think about was collapsing in a snow pile after crossing the finish line.
The snow really zapped my energy and I didn't get to kick it in as much as I normally do. However, any race when I feel like I left everything I had on the course is a good race in my mind!
After walking around a bit after finishing, I ran back on the course to find mom and run her in to the finish line. She did great on the snow packed portion of the road!
And so race #5 in the Great Lakes Running Series is done! Just one race is left in the series, Luck of the Irish, and I'm feeling pretty good about where I'm at in the standings. Hopefully luck stays on my side :)
My questions for you:
- Did you log any miles over the weekend? The weather was actually pretty decent for a race or training run!
- Completely random: What's the best thing you ate in the past week?
- When do you think winter will finally end??
My fingers are crossed for an early spring!