On Saturday Mike and I ran our second race in the GRTC Freezeroo Series (it was the third race in the series). The weather in Rochester has taken a drastic turn since our first race and there was A LOT of snow! We probably got about 8 inches total, this is according to Mike since I really have no concept of how much snow we got, and it was still snowing when we woke up Saturday morning.
Regardless, we got dressed and ready for our 5K. The race took place in Irondequoit near Durand Eastman Park. Another great thing about each of these races is that they are hosted in parks that have lodges! It seemed like a lot of people were waiting for the start of the race inside rather than outside.
After we picked up our bibs, Mike and I headed outside to "warm-up".
The guy said he loved consecutive numbers!
We didn't go back inside since there were only about 10 more minutes until the start of the race. After lining up, we were still pretty close to the front but it wasn't as bad this time, the lady directing the race said she was going to make a few announcements. I didn't hear any of them but all of a sudden I heard "on your mark, get set, GO!" After that awkward start, we were off!
In the beginning of the race a woman next to me commented on how she was just going to let everyone else go and use the race as a training run. I just mentioned that I had told my husband to not break his ankle, definitely not worth it for a winter race!
The beginning of the race started out on the main road. They had cones set up, which was nice since I was wearing all black and it might have been difficult for people to see me clearly. This part of the race had the clearest roads and then we turned down into a residential area for the remainder of the race.
this video, if you haven't seen it you should watch it. Hilarious!)
I didn't really get a second wind, but I felt decent enough to not stop or walk. Not like I really contemplated doing either of those things, for too long anyway!
There were some people out walking their dogs and later on I wondered what they thought of all of us running out in the snow. They probably thought we were crazy! Well, I guess we kind of are but that's alright.
Before I knew it, I was back on the main road. I gave it one final push, but then hit the uphill into the finish and slowed down a little bit. I saw Mike on the side cheering me on and gave it my all.
My finishing time was 29:30. Not bad considering the elements and if the roads were clear I probably would have gotten a new PR. Mike finished in 24:45, which isn't too far off his PR either. I ended up finishing 3rd out of 6 in my age group. Mike's age group had stiffer competition and he finished 7th out of 9.
After we had some of the food provided and then headed home. I actually committed one of the winter running sins described in this article and didn't change out of my running clothes until a lot later in the day. Oh well!
I hope that the rest of the races aren't too snowy since we have a more than a 10K (it's 6.385 miles), an 8-miler and 10K left!
I have really enjoyed this series and I know that we are going to run in these races again next year. It's a great way to stay in shape and get out there during the winter.
I hope everyone else had a great weekend!