My first race of 2011 is over..thank goodness because it was cold! I don't know why I was thinking it would be warmer....the race is called frostbite after all!
One of the reasons I enjoy running in races is the people watching, especially in the winter. People are bundled up like they are going on a hike in the frozen tundra land. And there are men who are wearing tights who should not be. As i waited for the race to start I just stood to the side watching...then I saw some smiling faces that I knew; Whitney, Shannon, and Sarah. Thanks ladies for your encouragement at the beginning of a cold morning!
As we started running, I took it slow as I hadn't run more than 4 miles in a little over a week. I was nervous about the 9 miles, but once I found a good play list on my iPod I was in the groove and there was a dance party going on in my head! We rounded the corner and I could see the James River - it was so pretty! The scenery was distracting me from the slight hills I love so much! The race volunteers were so excited to see us runners at the water stops as we approached the lakes in and around Byrd park. I thanked each person that I took water from. I can only imagine how cold they were, but you would never know it from the loud cheers and dancing they were doing! I was almost to the turn around at the end of Boulavard and I hear a loud cheer, "woo Go A! looking strong!" It was my running friend Vickie cheering me on! Thanks lady! I needed those cheers because my hips were hurting and the dance party was slowing down in my head! Once I turned around and saw you again I was good to go for the rest of the race!
My legs went numb around mile 7 and I wanted to stop. be done. call it quits. I was tired. I was hungary. I wanted pancakes. I kept running but slowed my pace. As long as one foot was in front of the other I would keep moving forward. And soon enough I saw mile marker 9 and rounded the corner and there was the finish! I looked up and saw the clock...1:39.19 - Not bad considering this is the longest distance I have run since the 1/2 marathon in November.
Monday, January 17, 2011
We ran last Saturday morning as it was snowing to prepare for the Frostbite this weekend....it was so pretty! There were some crunchy and icy spots on the road so we named it the "crunch run." We ran across the Nickel Bridge and down Riverside Drive. There was something magical seeing the city blanketed with snow. I felt like I was running in a scene from a calendar. I wanted to bring my camera and snap pictures during the run, but I knew the pictures just wouldn't do justice! We snapped this pictures after the run before heading home. Thanks Sara and Vickie for running with me!
Thursday, January 6, 2011
It might be this way in all cities, but I feel like Richmond has some of the friendliest runners. I love when I am out and haven't yet gotten into a rhythm and here comes a runner who smiles and says hello. It is such a pick me up! I feel the pep in my step and the next runner I see I smile and say hello. I feel as though there is an understanding between runners: we are all out on the roads for the same person, ourselves.
During my 3 miles tonight, I kept crossing paths with the same girl. We smiled the first time, laughed the second time we passed, and the third time she said, "We keep passing each other - enjoy the rest of your run!" We were both so happy to be out in the crisp air and running! I should have stopped and asked her about her running and if she was looking for a new running buddy. Maybe next time if I see her!
If I see you out on the road, you better believe I am going to smile and say hello!
Monday, January 3, 2011
With a new year comes new resolutions and goals. People talk about making a new year's resolution, some actually make a resolution, but not very many commit themselves and stick to the resolution. With this new year, I am setting a challenge for myself. (Yea, I know, this is pretty much the same thing as a resolution, but if it is called something different it will be easier to complete! I am challenging myself to run at least one road race each month in 2011. The distance doesn't matter as long as I am running! I will put one foot in front of the other to reach this goal!