Sunday, February 14, 2016

Brrrrrrrr!! Paddy Kelly Race Recap

Valentine's day brought more than just chocolate and roses to Southeastern Massachussetts this weekend... It brought the coldest day of winter 2016!  After waking up for a coffee run, my car took its sweet time turning over (saying "wtf" in car-growl-speak) as the temperature read NEGATIVE seven degrees.  Yikes.  But it was my running club's race day, the Paddy Kelly 5-Miler in Brockton, MA, so time to suck it up!

By race-time, it had warmed up to a whopping ZERO degrees, with a negative 20 degree wind chill.  Although it was brisk, I was well-equipped (or so I thought) with two pairs of gloves, hand-warmers, a neck-warmer, headband, hat, long-sleeved shirt, fleece shirt, windbreaker and a puffy vest.  Yikes!  Oh and can't forget my snazzy Valentine's day socks!

Love my ProCompression socks!
 The course had been shortened from 4.5 to 5 miles to get everyone off the roads as quickly as possible.  Of course, after the first mile, I realized that I was significantly over-dressed, and spent much of the next several miles trying to shed layers and unzip vests and jackets.  Oops, lesson learned!  

But I had a blast running with one of my work friends, and we averaged about a 9-minute mile... not bad for not being able to feel our legs!  Although it did feel like my nose was running faster than I was at some points!  We finished hand-in-hand - just proud to have toughed it out on such a brutally cold day.

Finish line photo - freezing!
The race finished just steps away from a local pub, serving free chili, chop suey and beers to the runners.  Warming up with some hot food and booze felt AMAZING - even if it was shortly before noon.  Who cares!  

Proud to say that I survived my coldest race ever... and had a blast doing it!  Happy Valentine's Day :-)

What was your coldest race?  Any tips or tricks?


  1. I'm so impressed that you got out and raced in the cold- way to go!

  2. Brr! Awesome job. That chili had to be amazing. My tip - layers. They do wonders. So much better than just wearing one heavy garment.

    1. Thanks - isn't the best part of cold runs ALWAYS a hot meal after? I know I always look forward to what I will eat when I'm done with a long run!