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My first 5k Trail Race

Sunday, December 08, 2013

It was cold - very cold for us at 22-23 degrees. At least it wasn't windy.

Thank you, Little Hotties in my shoes and gloves, and thank you super-awesome warm running pants for after the race.

I even made a costume. What has happened to me? The Suz I know doesn't do costumes.

It was a fun and challenging course but not because of steep inclines. The challenge was the frozen-tundra-like ground with numerous gigantic frozen-solid mole mounds and unseen holes. It felt like the equivalent of running on very bumpy and uneven asphalt.

We hung out after the 5k to cheer our half-marathoner friends race. In all we were in the cold for about 4 hours. I kept imagining the calories burned to fight the cold had to be melting inches from my thighs and belly as my finger tips numbed. :) Ok, maybe inches didn't melt away but the hallucination of such made the cold a little more bearable.

I have no idea of my race time but this one wasn't about speed. This event was about doing something new and pushing myself outside my comfort zone while having fun with my running group. It was about being outside when the gym or couch were much more comfortable options. Mission accomplished.

I think I've finally thawed but I'm beat and counting down until time to snuggle in my warm and comfy bed.
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  • _JODI404
    Congratulations -- this is an AWESOME accomplishment!!

    I cannot run due to my knees -- however, all this trail running, in the dark, over holes etc is very brave! I see that as WAAAAY outside of any comfort zone!!

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    1597 days ago
  • DEB9021
    Sounds like a great run! I have been crunched for time lately and so have been doing runs from home. I have some nice bike trails nearby, but I am missing my runs among the trees. As I came to your page I noticed your trail run blog with photos. Looks like you are in the Northwest?! I grew up mostly in the Seattle area (also lived in Ocean Shores). My husband and I moved to Boston and now are in the Midwest. This is a nice area in many ways, but I miss the trees and mountains, the ocean and the wonderful hiking. So thanks for posting some pictures that remind me of home!
    1625 days ago
    AWESOME! I hope you will post some pictures of your costume :)
    1625 days ago
    Always impressive how you push yourself; and enjoy the process too! emoticon
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    1626 days ago
    I'm proud of you Suz! It's blessed hard to step outside your comfort zone this time of year!

    I'm glad you're thawed! Keep running gingerbread girl emoticon
    1626 days ago
  • _LINDA
    Way to think outside the box and get it done!
    Too extreme cold here to do much outdoors unless you are wrapped up like the Michelin Man :-PP
    Keep up the great work!!
    1626 days ago
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