I have run cold races before. If you tuned in last week, you’ll remember that every Arctic 5K I’ve done so far has been below freezing. The discomfort of those 4 races combined had nothing on this weekend.
This weekend turned out a lot different than expected. This was supposed to be the weekend that I ran Holiday Lake 50K. I made the decision about 2 weeks ago to drop out. The decision was personal, and I actually don’t regret it at all. After all, I only wound up freezing this weekend for 3.2 miles instead of 32 😉
So with my weekend having been freed up, I found myself wondering, “What shall I do now?” Then a friend mentioned this race and I thought, “Why not?” and signed up last weekend.
Fast forward to around Thursday when we had a pretty accurate forecast and I began pre-complaining about how cold it was going to be. (I’m sorry to any of my coworkers who may be reading this.) I decided to just go buy some Hot Hands at Walgreens on Friday night and suck it up.
Saturday morning my friend Susan, who was running it with me, picked me up and we rode the hour to Cardinal Point Vineyard. When we got there, I checked my weather app, which informed me that it was 18°, but the windchill had it feeling like 5°. It was safe to say that it was the coldest I had ever raced in.
|Us before the race, wearing tons of layers (I have on 3 tops)|
I’ll skip over the boring pre-race stuff and skip to lining up at the start. One thing I thought was a little weird about the whole event was the lack of timing chip. I can’t even think of the last race I ran that was timed but didn’t have chip timing. There also wasn’t a formal start line when we were asked to line up, just a cone on either side of the road. It felt a little sketchy to me, but I tried not to let it bother me too much.
I clocked in at 26:15, which gave me a new PR! However, I think the best part of finishing was actually being warm for the first time all morning. And I could feel my toes again!
The finisher award for this race was a custom wine glass, which I couldn’t wait to snag to add to my shelf of memorabilia:
|The back says “Running never tasted so good”|
Overall, it was a nice race. Not something I’m dying to do again, but definitely one I would do again if given the opportunity.If nothing else, the freezing start was totally worth the new PR. Corkscrew Racing did have good organization, even if I found their timing system a little outdated.