The weather here in Ohio has been crazy! Up and down. Up and down. On Saturday, when I would normally do my long run it wasn’t even 20 degrees outside. I didn’t run on Saturday, not because it was too cold, but because I had a race on Sunday afternoon. Our local running club has several events throughout the year and this was the first of the year that I could attend. I did this race last year, too, but pushing the stroller. And, just like last year the weather was unseasonably warm. Despite the bitter cold temperatures on Saturday, Sunday afternoon was a gorgeous one! It was in the upper 40s and sunny. But quite windy. So of course I had no idea how to dress for the weather. And I overdressed.
This is the only picture of me in the race photos. And it’s a horrible one. I had to wear the Buff because of the wind. My ears don’t like the wind. These races only give you a gun time (no timing mat at the start), so I placed myself sort of close to the front (but nowhere near the 5 and 6 minute mile runners). I started off at and 8:46 min/mile, which might have been too fast, but by the time I made it to the photographer around 2.5 miles I was maintaining the pace. Mile 3 brought a small hill, mile 4 was into the wind, and at 4.5 miles there was another decent hill. So the last half slowed me down just a tad.
But I crossed the finish line in 44:38 (8:50 min/mile), which is a 5 mile (race) PR for me. Though, this was only the 3rd time I’ve raced the distance. I felt great at the finish, too. I even turned around and went back out to find a friend and run her into the finish line (so I got another 1.5 miles in).
It was great racing with my MRTT crew and a nice change of pace to run in the afternoon! And it’s fun to run these little races and see the strong running community we have!