Wow, that was a real killer today!!! Glad it was just a short race! I looked outside this morning, thinking it looked pretty clear and sunny even, I thought I would take my Vibrams out for their first race debut. Not a good idea. As we got into Hamburg about 45 min away, it was snowing.... HARD!! Too warm to really stick, but still coming down hard and making it quite wet. From just the little distance between the parking lot and the start number pick-up desk, my feet were already freezing. The snow was coming down so hard, we felt like we couldn't even let the kids out of the car. Even though there was a playground right there by the Start Line, none of them had waterproof pants on, so playing outside was a no-go. DH geared up for keeping them entertained in the car for an hour... I was a little nervous about this, and felt sort of guilty, so guilty that I ALMOST had him just take us all home. But then I figured, I had come all the way out there, might as well just do it.
Just before the race, hubby takes this picture, and I almost sure I am asking him, "Are you sure we shouldn't just drive home now?"
We started off, and I already couldn't feel my feet. My Vibrams had soaked through along with the toe socks I had underneath. Seriously... they were completely numb. Why did I want to wear those darn shoes TODAY?? I mean, I have some great Gortex Adidas that are PERFECT for that weather. I was just hoping I didn't step on something really sharp and injure myself, not knowing it until the feeling returned. I felt miserable - couldn't barely see, because the snow kept falling on my glasses, and my breath kept fogging them up, it was cold, my feet were numb.... I kept contemplating breaking off with the 5Kers. But I didn't.
After 3 km, the feeling started returning to my feet!!!! YAAAAY!! But by then, my pants were waterlogged from the knees down. They were heavy, and were sloshing with every step I took. I kept trying to pull them up... but it was too late.
So, I just ran. And I really started having fun with it. I did little intervals to keep me entertained, and the rest of the race went really fast. After 8 km, I gave up trying to dodge the puddles. We had HUGE puddles covering our trail. One girl was stopping to walk and dance around the puddle, and I came blowing past, right down the middle of the puddle and trail!! I didn't give a flyin' flip, cuz I was already soaked!! LOL
Yep, that's right. Take it like a BIG GIRL! And I did! Finished with a big ol' smile on my face too! So glad I didn't drive home without running it. Finished the 10.3K in 57:41. Certainly not my fastest 10K or anything, but I had a great time.
Because I was soaking wet, and had mud splatters all up my back, hubby made me remove my pants before getting in the car. Since we didn't take anything to change into, I had to ride home pants-free! Funny! We had a great time. Kids also did amazingly super in the car too, just hanging out waiting for mommy. =)
We didn't get "bling" for the race, but instead a Lebkuchen Heart (the heart-shaped cookie around my neck). Still cool. And trust me, those things last forever. I found the one I got in 2009 at the same race.
And then there's my muddy rear...