This past Saturday was my first outside race since early January! It was the Little Cow Harbor Run for HOPE. It was a 4 miler and hilly. I actually would have probably not picked this one except my friend Gabby was coming for a visit and she requested it. It was her birthday wish. One of her friends that lives in Canada also came to town to run it as his first race ever!!
It has been very cold here in NY and Saturday proved to be more of the same, it was about 30 degrees when we headed out. The sun did come out while we were running thank goodness!!!
Not sure why but the start ended up being delayed 15 minutes which is not really a big deal except that it was very cold and once we did start running I felt just how tight my calves were.....I stretched before we headed over to the start line but after all the standing around in the cold I think they got unhappy. The course was nice and really once you get moving it is not that cold. I do wish I had gloves but all in all the sun was bright so I was warm enough. I did practice my plan for my half marathon even if it was a short race of the run .9/walk.1 and Just after the 3 mile mark a guy told me "it is all down hill from here".....I kicked it up a notch to find out he was a liar.....maybe trying to make us feel better but there were a few more hills including the hill to the finish line....Hey Race Directors if you could cut that shit out I would be grateful, thanks! There was a girl sitting at the top of a hill taking pictures and I think I smiled and waved so I am looking forward to seeing the pictures. Lots of great volunteers at this race and the post race food was hot soup!! YAY
Well according to my Garmin I finished in 43:50 (official time was 44:17 but I start my watch when I actually cross the start line not when the gun goes) Either way it is my PR for this distance down from 45:35 at last year's run around the lake (That race is DOWN hill to the finish thank you very much!)
It has been a crazy week, I was having car issues so I dropped it off yesterday to get fixed and I still don't have it back which has thrown my whole week off. I have a final tonight at school so I should be getting home early and I will get on that treadmill!! It looks like we should be getting some snow here tonight and tomorrow BOO!
|There is also 2 more after these......YIKES!|