We did race-day registration, so we needed to show up over an hour before the start of the race. I left my house with my phone, license, cash, a credit card, my health card, and my virtual run bib.
I met Ann Marie and we walked a mile to the race area. I had dressed in my fleece-lined Nike Combat Pro shirt, Lululemon compression tights and shorts, Tommie Copper compression ankle sleeves, and a pink loooong sleeve thin Nike running shirt over top, just for good measure. You will mostly see me back in my typical garb in this post, but I wanted you all to know that I did dress for the weather.
(It's a good thing I'm not a brand ambassador, because I love them all! For the record, my shoes are Brooks Defyance.) The pink shirt was a last minute decision, and it took a comment from Ann Marie to realize that it was a good idea since this was, in fact, a Valentine-themed race.
We went to the registration tent to pay. I pulled out my cash. And saw that I had not brought enough. And they did not accept credit cards. Luckily, it was Ann Marie to the rescue with a cheque!
This is not the first time I've been completely clueless about race details.
With a good 30 minutes until race time, we met up with Stacie and her husband. At that point, Ann Marie and I made executive decisions that we would wear all our layers throughout the race. Ann Marie had to switch out her race bibs, and I had to take off my race shirt and pink shirt, then put them back on in the reverse order. I offered to help Ann Marie with her bibs, but then changed my mind, as I was otherwise occupied trying to free myself from my bubblegum-coloured shirt...while still shivering.
Finally, we were set. Stacie's husband took some pictures of us. Pulling our shirt sleeves over our hands did not make us any warmer, and I, of course, continued to shiver.
We wore our Running for Sherry bibs on our backs, and it was nice to see other runners sharing their run in her honour.
We met up briefly with Rebecca, took another picture,
The race horn sounded and we were off! ...to a slow walk. Eventually the pack thinned out and we started running straight to a bottleneck. After that, we were finally moving. Rebecca was off like a shot, so Ann Marie and I ran a bit with Stacie, but very quickly lost her.
The majority of my first mile was spent worrying about my Achilles and trying to get feeling back to my fingertips.
The second mile was pretty perfect.
The third mile had me straining to see the finish line and trying to keep breathing while not falling behind Ann Marie. She stayed with me the whole time and made sure I didn't slow down; then as usual, she told me to push it at the end! I finished in fabulous form.
We went back to the registration area for more bread, and got some Honest tea (look for us, eventually, on their Facebook page!)
We officially finished in 31:20 (10:07 miles). And while I finished my tri 5ks in less time last summer, I am very happy with today's race time!
Oh! One other odd thing happened: After I recovered from the run, we started walking again and I got shoved by an
Yeah, that happened...more or less.
P.S. Anyone notice my new URL?? Sayonara 'blogspot'! Because my blog name is a mouthful as it is.
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