Today the weather outside is frightful! Well at least by this beach girls standards. The temp outside is 40 degrees with a wind chill of 31 degrees. The wind is howling at 20 mph out of the North. While I am searching the internet for a new treadmill run to tackle I remember the last race of 2012 I ran, the 4-Mile Make It To The Line at the Flora-Bama. The weather conditions for that day were almost identical! Then I remember I never did a race recap on the run. It has been a crazy last month!
So here it is…
The race did not start until 9 am so I had plenty of time that morning to get ready. The weather outside was freezing and windy, (42 degrees, wind chill 34 degrees and 20 mph N winds) I decided on my Under Armor cold gear tights, Lulu speed shorts, ski socks, Nike cold gear top, Gore Windstopper, gloves and ski hat. With all that on you think I would have been semi warm, but no I was freezing.
I head over to the Flora-Bama to pick up my race packet. I pick up my packet and head back to my car and try to unthaw when I realize I had left my arm band for iphone. My house is only 15 minutes away so I head to the house to grab it. I run in the house and am envious of everyone sitting on the couch. They looked so warm. Have I ever told you how much I hate the cold weather and anything below 70 degrees is cold to me. I do live in the south for a good reason.
I am back at the Bama and finally make the dreaded trip to the starting line; I can not feel my toes, fingers or face at this point!
Do I look cold? I am cold just looking at this picture. That’s me in the black tights and blue jacket!
The gun goes shoots and we are off. The first two miles we run into a headwind of 20 mph, yikes.
My first mile I hit at 7:33, second 7:42, you would think at this point I am starting to warm up, but no I am still freezing. I could not seem to lengthen my stride out.
Going into my third and fourth mile I was able to pick up the pace a little without the wind blowing me back. Third mile split – 7:38, Fourth mile split – 7:30.
My finishing time 30:23 – with an average pace of 7:36. Honestly I felt awful, that four miles kicked my butt and I never warmed up.
Definitely not one of my best runs. I think I ended up placing 7th female overall and second in my division.
I am not a cold weather runner
If the weather is going to be below 50 degrees I need to properly warm up before heading to the starting line