Well, the first race of 2013 is done and done! Mike & I ran the New Year’s Day 5K in Lincoln Park this morning after a relatively relaxing evening at a friend’s house. We woke up today to twenty degree temperatures, w/ a wind chill of closer to 11 degrees as you get closer to the lake.
We bundled up, and I wore the following:
- pink long sleeve top w/ thumbholes
- Blue jacket w/ thumbholes
- Grey tights
- Smartwool socks & Pink Pure Cadence
- Gloves & earwarmers
We stayed in the car as long as we could…
But eventually we had to get out of the car and head over to the race. Since we’d picked up our packets the day before, there wasn’t too much to do before gear check. We wandered around and I ran into Lauren from Forward is a Pace leading the Team Challenge table. Nice meeting you Lauren!
Today was definitely a day for a warm-up, and I’m glad I did. My warmup pace let me start out the race at a pretty decent pace, after my favorite pre-race routine of being in the port-a-potty line when the race gun goes off (please note sarcasm).
After business was done, I got my heiny over to the race start & got going! I felt good and was passing quite a few people. It was so cold, and just icy enough out, that I needed to focus on my footing & to keep moving. I actually didn’t even look at my Garmin until the first mile marker, and then again at the 2nd mile marker.
Going into the third mile I was still feeling good and kept going as fast as I could! Although I’d gotten a bit slower of a start than I would have liked (had to tie my shoe at half a mile), I was wondering if I could get close to my 5K PR.
I ended up negative splitting this race with splits of 9:28, 9:02, 8:46 & 7:44 for the last .1 mile. My total time was about 50 seconds off of my PR, but I lay it all out there today. When I finished, I couldn’t walk a bit more (not my legs, but my lungs were done) and took a moment to just chill on the side of the finish line. Then it was grab my banana, some coconut water, and high tail it out of there in order to get warm! Homeward Bound!
This race was $25 and we got a long sleeve cotton tee & also gloves for being in the first 800 participants. I like the shirt style, but Mike thinks it’s girly (!), and the gloves look like some good potential throwaway gloves at the next cold half marathon or marathon. There was also a free beer (and snacks) included at a nearby bar, but we decided to head home to warm up, shower & watch bowl games today.
Overall I’m glad we got out there on the coldest day in the past 311 days, and am starting the year off on the right foot for fitness & health! Now I only have to do my planks to work on my core!