It was mighty cold on race day, 32 degrees and a 30 mph wind, oh my. If I didn't have this race on my marathon training plan I would have been very tempted to sit this one out, ooooohhhh it was sooo windy, uggh.
Here's the crew pre-race (Sis, her daughter Madison and me) - crazy glasses to go with the festive heart ribbon headbands we made.
This was Madison's first race by herself, she ran the kids mile and proudly earned her medal, way to go Maddie.
Then the dreaded time came, time to line up outside, do we really have to go outside? Did I mention the cold and wind already?
Jogging in place trying to keep warm, didn't work though.
How's that for a fake smile, trying to be positive, brrrrrrr.
Most of the race was run into the wind, just our luck. It was so brutal running into the wind, put the head down and just pressed onward. It's gonna be a long 9 miles.
There were a couple of miles where the wind was at our back so we took advantage of that to make up for the time we lost having to slow down going into the wind. Daddy always says...you have to run in all kinds of weather because you certainly can't pick you race day weather, darn.
My heart rate was getting a little too high for my comfort running into the wind so around mile 7 I was wearing down, but Sis kept cracking the whip. We were almost there.
Rounding the corner to finish inside, yeah, finally we would be out of the wind and cold. Our time was a little slower than we had planned but given the elements, we feel pretty good about our effort. I know I gave it 100% effort. Our finishing time was 1:41.
Thanks to our cheering squad, Dad and hubby. I know you guys were freezing too.
Time for some well earned food. Hot soup.
Proud that we finished, proud that we stuck it out despite the artic conditions, and proud to be finished, next stop Marathon.
Those rosy red cheeks are windburn.
After the race I got to enjoy some grandma time with my grandson, he's getting so big.
This week is the longest run yet, 20 miles on tap for Friday. Then I get to spend the evening with the teen grandkids, yeah.