I should have known I was in for a good time on Saturday when my alarm went off at 6:30 AM, and I started driving into this.
|Great running weather, right?!|
|The awesome Colonial Road Runners!|
Although I was exhausted by the end, I was proud of maintaining a strong, relatively consistent pace on a rainy day on a difficult course. I was completely soaked when I finished, and couldn't have been more excited to see the race volunteers ladling hot soup into bowls right near the finish line. Awesome! Inside the school gym where the race finished, I enjoyed a slice of pizza and a chocolate chip cookie as well. My only moment of sadness occurred when I realized that I had forgotten dry clothes to change into. Let's just say it was a COLD hour-long drive home...
I spent most of the day recovering and mentally preparing for my 5K today. The race director for the TCS Shovel Town 5K is a fellow club member, so a large group of Colonials were planning to head out to support him. I was looking forward to racing a 5K, since I've been mostly focused on longer distances this past year. Excited, however, until I woke up to a winter wonderland!
|April in Massachusetts. Thank you very little.|
|Surprisingly enthusiastic for this race!|
Although I was over a minute from placing in my age group, I was proud of my time, 26:51, an 8:40 pace. Not bad on tired legs in the snow! As is the theme pretty much whenever I race, my immediate thought was food... so one of my running buddies and I changed into dry shoes and socks (I remembered this time, lesson learned!) and treated ourselves to a fancy breakfast out. Smoked salmon benedict on a sweet tomato brioche with chive hollandaise. Unreal.
With the unpredictable nature of New England weather this weekend and some challenging race conditions, I feel stronger than ever with two sub-9 minute mile races down. This weekend also reminded me once again how much I love being part of a running club. Had it not been for my teammates, I would absolutely have pressed the "snooze" button both mornings and watched the rain and snow from the comfort of my couch. Instead, my running friends motivated me to finish both races strong, with a smile on my face. What a weekend! I am starting to feel ready for my next race - the Coastal Delaware Marathon on April 24th! The countdown begins...
|Foyer full of wet running gear... a runner lives here!|
What spring races do you have planned?
Any tips for racing in the rain?
What is your favorite post-race treat?