Today was the Super Shuffle 5k hosted by the Geneva Park District. It was a chilly 15 degrees for the run, but it felt exhilarating to be outside in the fresh air (that is until I couldn’t feel my lips or ears…why do those always go numb first?).
Chicagoland received 6+ inches of snow yesterday, and the path was shoveled but not salted…which made the race pretty interesting! I made sure to take many small steps to avoid the sneaky ice patches. After seeing countless people wipe out my goal for the day quickly shifted from a PR to not regaining consciousness in the ER with an appendage in a cast. I’d like to report that I not only didn’t take a dive (okay…I may have done a one legged wiggle on the ice, but I didn’t fall!) but I also set a new PR with a 28:58 5k.
Today marks the first race I’ve completed with my Garmin Forerunner 220. Hubs gave it to my for Christmas this year, and I can’t understate the number of “Thank YOUs!!!!!” I sent his direction…best gift giver evah’. I found it really helpful to be able to check my watch and see 1.) how many miles were behind me, 2.) my current pace and 3.) the overall time lapsed. I think it’s going to be an invaluable training tool this year as I tackle my first marathon.
After the race we headed over to the Stephen D. Persinger Recreation Center for the post-race party…aka Kate stalking the race director until she knew exactly where to stand to ensure she received her size medium race-day sweatshirt because she’ll be damned if she woke up early on a Saturday to run in the freezing cold over snow, ice and sleet and NOT receive a sweatshirt (even though she already has countless race sweatshirts…!). After Hubs and I participated in the post-race Super Bowl festivities by eating hotdogs, cotton candy and popcorn we finally learned where the sweatshirts would be disbursed and secured a front row spot…excellent!
I’m now one step closer to my 14 races in 2014 goal. One down, thirteen to go!
Time to enjoy the rest of Super Bowl Sunday with a post-race beer, friends, football and most importantly…commercial breaks.