Happy Sunday RUNday!
Today was the first race of 2019 for me and many other runner peeps of mine - The Running Room Hypothermic Half Marathon. It's one of those races you sign up for and pray that the Nova Scotia winter will be on your side. I've run it in the past where it was aaaand where it definitely was not.
Lee encouraged us to sign up for this one as a hard effort training run. This took a lot of pressure off of what I was putting on myself, (If the weather cooperated). A hard effort would be easy to achieve on the Chain of Lakes Trail System since the elevation is one I tend to avoid in training...just ask Stacey & Marg. ;)
|Flat Heather & Lola are ready to run!|
The weather was clear and crisp...very crisp. It was -17 with the windchill early in the a.m. and my lungs do not like running in the cold anymore.
Marg picked me up with her heated seats and I did not want to get out of the car.
|Avery, Marg and I pre-race with warm smiles.|
The last time I did this race we were timed using popsicle sticks but today we were given anklets ... similar to the house arrest kind, lol.
My goal pace for today was out the window when I could barely feel my legs as we started. It would become a run by feel race.
I was hoping to stay with Janet and work together but I lost her before we were a half a km in. The woman I thought was her ended up being someone else. Darn winter gear making it hard to identify everyone!
I was very familiar with the route. Going up the first time (we went up and down the COLT twice), was okay. Not amazing or easy, just okay. I had to keep my mouth covered because the cold air irritates my asthma and of course you are running UP so, clearly that's not easy. ;)
I was so happy to see Christy cheering about a km and a half before the turn around. I looked like death and tried to say, "hi," although I'm sure it sounding like blarp blarp, LOL. Frozen face and mouth plus the before mentioned breathing in cold air running uphill greatly interfered with my ability to communicate clearly.
|Your Running Race Photos braved the cold to get cool shots of the runners! Thanks!!|
At the first turn around I got to see who was where. I was very close to Janet and getting motivation from friends and teammates was just amazing, especially on a day like today!
I tried to make up time coming down the COLT but I also didn't want to blow up going up the COLT for the SECOND time...ugh! LOL.
I got lots of cheers and I tried to yell support and thumbs up to everyone as well, but at points the sun was so bright I couldn't see who was talking to me!
I took a Gatorade with a gel at 10k in or so and it was frozen! Basically a red Gatorade slushy!!!! Also, my legs must have been going numb because it felt like my chip anklet was sliding off so I stopped to tighten it and it was already as tight as it could go!
Going up the second time was very hard...breathing and frozen face and legs were just not awesome. But I kept the downhill in the forefront of my mind so that I had something to look forward to...and of course the delicious brunch we were going to afterward! I am highly motivated by food. :D
|At 13-15 I'm pretty sure I stopped caring, lol. And then when life got flat again I was like, "GO!" LOL|
I tried to zoom down the trail the last time to get to the finish but my legs felt a bit like lead. They were cold. I really didn't even look at my watch until the last two k and I saw that even if I did 5:00 min/kms I'd get in under 1:40 and I became very happy about that.
1:38:24 gun time! A solid hard effort on a frosty frigid day!
|Check out the pace changes with the elevation.|
Congratulations to all runners and a GIGANTIC thank you to all the amazing volunteers! I do not know how you stood out in the cold but thanks!
|Carrieann, Sarah, Janet, Annie, Me, Marg and Norma|
This was as badass of a photo I could do. Marg had to help me get my running jacket off since I was FROZEN!
Post hypo brunch is something to get hyped about...
Cheers to many more miles in 2019!
|Hilary, Annie, Sarah, Marg, Avery, Anna and I.|
How was your weekend?
Every run the HYPO?
Do you enjoy winter races?
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