I dressed for success and wore all Oiselle: Lesley Tights, Distance Shorts, Flyte Long Sleeve, Lux Side Zip Top (pictured below) and Feather Trials Hoodie. Heck, I even wore a pair of Randies for good luck. It sounds like a lot of layers but seeing as how it was a balmy 9 degrees at the start, this combo was actually quite perfect.
This top will make your winter runs 110 percent more enjoyable!
The only thing that was not my cup of tea were my clunky Brooks Cascadia Trail Shoes. Don't get me wrong - I love these shoes for winter running because they are warmer than other pairs of shoes that I own and provide better traction. But they are supremely heavy compared with the Saucony Type A Flats that I prefer for shorter distance races. However, a snowy course meant wearing heavier shoes was a must.
Trail shoes are great for training. Not so great for 5k racing.
Even though my feet felt like I had two bricks attached, I felt good standing at the start line waiting for the horn to sound. I decided to start a bit closer to the front than I normally do to try and avoid getting caught behind crowds of runners. I knew the course might be slick in spots so the less running around people, the better. However, I did have to pause for a moment when I realized I was standing next to Ruth Lunz - last weekend's Indoor Marathon Gold Medal Challenge Winner. She is super speedy - even after running both the marathon and half marathon races last weekend. But, I was already lined up so too late!
It took all of about two minutes to realize the race was not going to be a fast one for me. While it's true I've been running more miles lately and doing my share of workouts, I've been doing all of those miles at the Pettit Indoor Track, YMCA Indoor Track and Gold's treadmill. I was definitely not prepared for grinding through winter running conditions. Although the race did a good job of clearing the course as best as possible and making sure there were not icy patches, there was still plenty of snow and slush to run through. After falling and whacking my head on pavement my first year of running, I'm super cautious when running on any potentially slippery surfaces so even though I was doing my best to race, I know I was holding back a bit. Fortune favors the bold and at the race I was not as bold as I should have been.
Here are my results:
Pace: 7:29 min/mile
Age Group Place: 5/43
Gender Place: 15/272
My biggest race success: Making it through without falling! I underestimated the effort it would take to run in the snow and the time it might cost but it is what it is. Winter running is not my forte but I got in a great workout and I enjoy any opportunity I get to race. Running is a gift and not one I will ever take for granted.
The newest medal in my collection!
Mom also did this one and, as always after finishing my race, I ran back on the course for my cooldown to find her and run her in to the finish. Once again, Mom did great!
All smiles after the race!
So another race in the books. And because I am a glutton for punishment, the next one is in just two weeks. Until we chat again, I'll be knocking out quarters to prep for The Big Chill 5k ;)
My questions for you:
- Do you race during the winter months? Also, what do you like/dislike about winter running?
- Do you have a go-to clothing item or outfit for races that makes you feel speedy?
- If not running or racing, what made this weekend enjoyable?
In addition to racing, I also tested a bunch of recipes so new food posts to come in the upcoming weeks!