Today was the coldest day of the year. So of course it was the day of my first race of 2012.
I woke up at 7 am and had some oatmeal, I figured since it was two hours till race time I would eat something substantial. I then spent a good 30 minutes trying to decide what I should be wearing and checking the forecast. It didn't matter how many times I checked, it was in the 20s. So I decided to layer. Shorts, pants, tank, long sleeve, windbreaker, and gloves. I also threw on a winter coat for the pre/post run.
We had a bit of snow here on Saturday and on my walk to the Metro I noticed several spots of black ice... not good for running.
|Riding the metro prerace|
The race started at the shops at Pentagon City, a fairly quick metro ride away. It turned out to be a great location as there were plenty of spots to duck inside and keep warm (and nice restrooms!). The race route was heavily salted, which made for a rough surface, but also kept me from falling on ice, so that was a plus.
Since the race was Valentine's Day themed when registering one had to register as either:
Single- green bib
It's complicated- yellow bib
In a relationship- red bib
The race swag was perfect for the weather, a fleece blanket. Many people were wrapped up in theirs on their way home.
|Monkeys in love|
The race started right at 9. There were no pace groups and most people looked pretty athletic so I just chose a spot in the middle back. It turned out I had a pretty good spot. I had to do a little dodging, but not much.
The course was an out and back. Right off the bat we ran up a huge hill, but then had some gradual down hill for awhile. My first and last mile were both 9:03, while my second mile was the slowest at 9:07. As I was going back up that gradual hill in the third mile a girl was cheering. She said "No regrets! Pass 5 people on the downhill!" for some reason this hit me and I put it in the next gear and passed ten people on the rest of the uphill. Take that uphill! I passed a few more on the downhill, but took it semi carefully with the road conditions. As soon as we turned the corner we could see the finish line and got a huge boost from a frigid wind to our backs. When I saw the official race time hadn't hit 29 yet, I pushed as hard as I could and finished in 28:28! A new PR for me.
And not so bad overall:
But my finishing photo is bad, very, very, very bad:
|I hope I didn't look like this the whole race|
I skipped the post race free beer and karaoke for a hot shower and nap.