Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Race recap: Winterfest 5k

This past Saturday my BRF and I decided to do a last minute 5k. It was local and affordable and we figured we would see how we were doing with our training for our half marathon next month.

We showed up on race day and paid our registration fee (only $35)! Oh, and we got super cute long sleeved tech shirts with registration!

So, race morning it was a sunny day and a whole 15 degrees! Yikes! The real feel was 5 degrees so it was frigid! It was at Moraine State Park and around Lake Arthur so beautiful and freezing.

They set up 2 campfires for runners to huddle around before the start and after the race which was nice and definitely helped. Honestly the cold was almost too much, my feet went numb and even though I warmed up they stayed numb till mile 2!!

Ready for a cold race
Everyone freezing while waiting for the start
So the course was .4 miles on pavement then trail, then finish on pavement.
I have never been a trail runner and the course had roots, ice, snow, and ruts!! I think I spent most of my energy focused on where my foot was landing and not sliding on ice or tripping on roots.

There was a big hill halfway through that was pretty killer too. Very difficult.
Hattie sprinting to the finish

Me struggling to the finish, that guy beside me was my cheerleader! He pushed me to finish strong

Giving my mom the thumbs up means "Mom I promise I won't throw up"

So Hattie got 1st in her age group for females BUT they didn't separate male and female for under 18 finishers!?!?!?! What the HECK!? She's still a winner in my book

I ended up finishing in 26:52, which for the course I am so happy with! I got 2nd place for my age group (20-29) and they even had medals for top 3 in age group.

Again, I almost froze to death.
All in all it was a fun day and I would do it again. It showed me how tough trail running is! Oh my, you trail runners are rockstars! I think this spring/summer I will give trails a go since there are so many great trails to choose from around here!

How was your weekend?

Any races??

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