I made a promise to myself to run a couple of 5Ks and 10Ks to get to my old running speed. Today I ran my first 5K in my new age group, 45-49 😜
I really did not want to get out of my nice warm bed for a 33 degree 5K which had the nerve to start at 8AM. Lucky enough it was 5 minutes from my house so I talked myself into going.
The biggest pain to running in the cold is the bundling up. I haven’t run in the cold in about 2 years so I was unsure how much clothes to put on. I started with a base layer top and my Nike thermal leggings. I then added a zip up light Nike all-weather top. I grabbed a pair of gloves and a moister wicken hat that had flaps to cover your ears. My colors were purple, white and black. Just because it’s cold doesn’t mean I can’t be cutely coordinated 😉
I grabbed my cell phone which was only 35% charged, my car keys and ran out the door I had no time to look for my phone carrying case because it was already 7:40 already and I still had to get my number.
The drive took 10 minutes with ample parking around the school. I ran to the packet pickup which was only about a quarter of a mile away from where I parked. No one was in line so I quickly picked up my number and a bag with my small cotton tee shirt. I did not feel cold when I ran in so opted to leave my gloves in my bag and staff them in the high school gym where the packet pick up was being held.
It was now 7:55 and the race was about to start so we all gathered outside. My hands still felt fine so did not go back for my gloves. It’s 8:03 and we start. I get half a mile in and my phone dies. I’m wondering how 33% went so quickly but could not get it started again. I was really bummed because I was using my phone for music and my run keeper app. Now I am just am carrying this dead phone and my hands are starting to freeze.
As I pass the 1.5 mark, there is a water station. I opted for no water – wasn’t thirsty – and I usually only get water for 5Ks during warmer weather. I did stop because my thumbs were numb. I wrap the bottom of my sleeves around my thumbs and rubbed them against the fabric. I was able to get rid of the frozen feeling but my time was now off due to the walking. I start back running. The course was awesome – rolling hills – not steep and one right after the other.
I am now about to enter the last quarter mile of the race which ends back at the high school on the track. The clock reads 34:07. Since this race was not chip timed and I did not start in the beginning, I was technically under 34 minutes but my official time is 34:07:8.
After the race I ran back to my car and started home. I can not report on the post race activities but the race was well organized and the course was fun.