Let me start by not saying anything, but rather by having you look at me in the last 100 yards of the 2012 Frostbite Footrace:
It's a photo you see often on AHL. Me dying. However, 2012's race was much colder and a 5 miler instead of a 5Ker. So, here's me giving myself a break for my showing in 2012.
Yesterday went something like this...
Nutrition. After posting what I was going to eat I went to the fridge and realized all we had in stock was the muffin. Fail. Instead of my original weirdo feast, I ate my muffin, canned peaches (my new obsession), and lemon-lime sport beans. Another total weirdo feast.
Weather. 45 degrees, partly sunny, and winds around 15-17 miles per hour.
Digs. I wore my new Christmas Nike Tights, a Nike Miler Long-Sleeved shirt, a Nike Half Zip Long-Sleeved shirt (unnecessary layer about 5 minutes into the race), and my favorite top of all time... Moving Comfort Flex Hoodie!! I brought gloves, but didn't use them. And I wore a headband for my ears because when my ears get cold I might as well kiss my race goodbye. I wore my Nike LunaRacers and loved every step in them.
Packet Pick-Up. We arrived at 12:30pm; 1pm race start. I waited for at least 45 seconds to pick up my packet. Unacceptable!
They ran out of small t-shirts which was a bummer. They gave me a medium but I promptly returned it since it was more of a dress on me than a shirt. I'm not sure how I feel about wearing a race shirt as a dress? Thoughts?
Race Start. It's a timed race, but not chip timed so learning my lesson from Gilda's Run , I started up front with my speedgoat, Brett. All was good until...
My shoe came untied all of 200 meters into the race. Doh. Never again will I forget to double-knot my shoelaces.
Course: It's hard. Period. There are steep uphills without so many steep downhills, the course is twisty-turny and it's windy. But, it's a beautiful setting in a gorgeous county park. The road is wide and there's plenty of room to run free. Truth be told, it kicked my butt again and yet I'll race it every year I have the chance.
Finish: Brett finished sixth overall with a 19:12 placing first in his age group! This gave him plenty of time to grab the camera and snap a few pics of me finishing... only, I'm way too fast for the camera so most of those pics were of my feet or the pavement.
For a not-so-proud heel striker, this is pretty decent form.
I figured I finished way out of medal contention... until they called my name for first place in my age group. What?
We finished our first race together as an engaged couple taking home the gold in each of our age groups. Can I get an "Awwwww!"