Sunday, December 26, 2010

Race Report: a cold, cold, painful, kind of fun 5K.

This morning,  I ran a 5K called "Epic Finale 5K" as the honest-to-goodness last race of the year.

I just found out about it a few days ago and along with Jen, decided to go for it.  This morning it was bitter cold, 14 degrees, but I stuffed some hand warmers in my mittens, layered up (long underwear UNDER the running tights plus 3 layers on top) and headed to downtown Bangor.

Hmmm... doesn't look like a race is about to happen here.  That's because there were only about 75 crazies running, and because the registration was on the other side of these buildings where I thought it was. 

I found Jen and we shivered and wondered why we thought this was a good idea.

Then I found Steph, home from Colorado!

Jen and I stuck together and suffered silently next to each other.  The air was cold, cold, cold and hurt to inhale.  We both kind of felt like we were hyperventilating, especially because the race went up a 2-block hill within the first quarter mile so before we were warmed up at all, we had a hill to climb and we were sucking cold wind.  Also,  I should have put those hand warmers in my shoes because I never felt the front half of my feet.  I was running on icy stumps.  Okay, I'm being dramatic now because it was only a 5K, but still.  It hurt!

We managed to get in under 30 minutes... 29:32 (9:28 pace) which is a miracle considering how hard it felt.  For a few minutes after the race, we sat on the curb and chatted and I took off my hat and gloves and felt all warm and tingly, so immediately declared that the race was "fun" and we were "so glad we did it!"

Here is a little story on the news about today's race.

It took 30 minutes for my face to thaw out. (See red cheeks below.) By the time I got home, I was shivering again, but I took a hot shower that goes down as one of the top 10 showers of my life.  It felt so so good. 

So, that's a wrap, 2010!  Coming soon:  the running year in review, and race plans for 2011.


SNW said...

i'm getting cold again just thinking about it. PHEW! i'm glad i'm not the only one who was hoping for a better time today, although it's hard to generalize when the winner runs sub-5 pace!

Mary IronMatron said...

Isn't Epi's on that street????
(how I know Bangor... Epi's... and when I was a kid, Miller's. Does Miller's even still exist?)
Congrats on getting out and running in the bitter bitter cold!!

Brooke said...