It's February 11th, 2012
Hot Chocolate 5k/15K - The Sweetest race in Dallas
We've had a VERY mild winter in Dallas, even wearing shorts and having 70+ degree weather this year. This morning it was 30 degrees, wind blowing felt like 20 something!! WHAT - where did winter come from and WHO invited it???
So I'm up at 4:15am starting to get ready for the race. Having not run in this cold weather for a while, I wasn't sure what to wear. I opted to go with my tight black Nike long sleeves, then my arm warmers over that and a second long sleeve shirt over that. I also wore a gray hooded sweatshirt(which I've never run with before). On bottom I wore my insulated tights with tight wind breaker pants over that. OH, my Nike gloves too and a Endorphin Warrior hat.
I did some rolling, on my 4" piece of PVC pipe none the less, oh it feels SO good! have a peanut bar and water and was out the door by 5:45am ish. I knew I would be early, but I am an early arriver at races, no dealing with traffic for me, unlike some OTHER Spark friends who ran the 5K flavor today, I won't mentions Michelene and Susie's names though, that way they' remain...on never mind. They were a tad slow to arrive! HA
NO clue how I did it in the mass of cars, but I managed to park right next to my FAVORITE running coach, Nancy! She texted me, I texted back, she called me and I said "Nancy, look to your right", we both bout fell out the car laughing. I went about the 'business' of getting ready, that is a business ya know. I made the trek to the restrooms, and it was trek, I used the this as a nice little warm up run on way back to car, that felt good in the bitter cold! I got my race packets from Nancy, she's awesome to pick up extra's for us. Then I was off to the buildings to find other friends. People.....if you're going to a HUGE RACE, LEAVE EARLY!! I had a few friends who were uh, running late. I had their bibs for the 5K and they were calling the runners to the 5K starting corals! UGH, they made it but barely. The other to I names earlier, well, thankfully Susie is a well trained race car driver, umjussayin! LOL
One more trip to the Men's room - and well, does this photo look odd to anybody?
YEP - the restrooms became, um, unisex? Men at the urinals, women in the stalls. It all worked itself out. LOL
I met Nancy again and we were off the the starting corals. Her husband is awesome and held my glasses for me, OH I can't wait for this surgery to happen so I don't have to mess with this anymore!!
A few pics of Nancy and I as we lined up and moved toward the starting line
I think this one might qualify as a PhotoBomb???? (I love doing that)
AAAAAAAND we're OFF! COLD, Windy, but we're off for a mere 9.3 mile run.
Miles 1-3 were 9:21, 10:24 and 8:49 accordingly. Remember that gray sweatshirt I had on? I got really hot and had to basically stop and undress a little bit on mile two, dang it! Oh well...press on Jerome...press on. Officially at the 5K split I was at a 9:30 pace and in 103 place of the men in my age group.
Miles 4 -6 were 8:59, 8:51 and 10:33. Mile 6 had a monster hill and I walked up that bad boy! my piriformis muscle was sorta screaming at me so I gave it a rest. Officially at the 10K split I was at a 9:34 pace and in 76th place in my division. Not that I care about placing really, honestly, I run these for ME...every step I take is a step of FREEDOM from obesity!!
Miles 7-9 and the finish were 8:41, 8:44, 8:55 and 7:55 for the last .3. This was a really tough course with lots of hills. There was a big bridge at mile 9 that bout did me in! I had to walk up that hill as well, but the kicked it up a notch to finish it off. Officially the last split was an 8:45 pace putting me in 88th place of the 159 men in my division. My official time was 1:26:25 and I was thrilled with that!
Here is why I ran today:
That's right. we got CHOCOLATE. SO YUMMY too! As Nancy pointed out, it is DARK chocolate with SEA SALT, HA. YUM.
After all the group was done, we were walking back to the building for some chocolate fondue and HOT CHOCOLATE and Mimi and I saw some dude getting out of the bushes. The dude had apparently thrown part of his clothes in the bushes before the race. THEN Mimi looks and says, wow, that's my husband and it's been 30 years since that's happened. TOO FUNNY!
Those of us who managed to find each other stopped for a group shot:
Good looking group of people! Some ran the 5K and some ran 15K but all ran!
Then we went inside for some Chocolate Fondue with apples, bananas, pretzels, rice crispies and my finger. HA Hot Chocolate was delicious and ofcourse there were more photos!
PHOTO BOMB ALERT
Yes, this is me with my sunglasses on my head and my glasses on my face(did I mention I can't wait for lens replacement surgery this week):
I was super glad I had that sweatshirt when I finished, that wind was COLD on my sweaty body!!
All in all, this was a great run for me and I'm thrilled that I did as well as I did!
To the SparkDallas team members who I wanted to meet, SORRY I missed you. I LOVE meeting new people so I hope we can meet at the Rock N Roll HALF next month!
To the SparkDallas team members who barely made it to the race, I'm still shakin my head atcha. LOL
Run STRONG......RUN SPARK STRONG!