Monday, January 16, 2012

Don Curran Memorial 5K (GRTC Freezeroo Series #3) Race Recap

Sorry that this post took me a day longer to get to, but I was waiting for the photos to be posted and today they were up! I have to say that I love that GRTC has two or three people taking pictures at these races because it is very helpful to a blogger like me.

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!

Crazies in the front wearing shorts!


Go #39!

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.


Getting ready to round the corner


So focused


My turn!


Don't fall going around this corner


Oh no, the snow is deeper up there!

I felt EXHAUSTED even before I hit a mile and a half. Running through the snow really wears you out! Mike mentioned that he felt tired for the first half but then got a second wind later on. (Which reminds me of 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.


Look, really running!


This must be when he got his "second wind"


Am I done yet?

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.

Almost there!


Now I'm really running!

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!

22 comments:

  1. Could you please send some of that snow to Tahoe? We still haven't seen a flake of real snow down there! I think just getting out there and running in that kind of weather is a victory, but 3rd place on top of that: WAY TOO GO!

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    1. Thanks Sam!

      I will send all of the snow your way!

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  2. Sounds like a great race! Congrats to you both on your speedy times considering the bad race conditions. I'm sure you could have PR'd without all that snow.

    When do you and Mike do your weekday runs? I'll probably be in Rochester this Wed and Thurs morning. E-mail me at milehogger@gmail.com!

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    1. Thanks Rena, we probably would have PR'd without the snow!

      We are probably going to run on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday this week but we run at night. I will still send you an email!

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  3. Great race! I'm tempted to drive up to Rochester to try one of these! It's hard to find winter races. Congrats on a great time in less than ideal conditions!

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    1. If you do let me know! They have been really fun so far!

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  4. Awesome job! Weren't your ears freezing, though?! I'm amazed that you could run a 5K and not slip and slide all over the place. On my nightly run last Thursday I completely wiped out in the road. Thankfully for my extra "cushioning" I picked up and kept going! Ummm, but then I slipped on the sidewalk on Saturday - while walking. I think I either need to move out of the NE or get new legs.

    I may be up in Rochester over the next few weeks (will find out tomorrow)...hopefully some of that snow will be gone by then. :)

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    1. I actually wasn't that cold, but as soon as we got home Mike and I both ordered hats meant for running!

      I mentioned to Mike that I was surprised that no one fell (at least from what we saw), but it wasn't icy at all so that helped a lot.

      If you are in Rochester let me know!

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  5. Great job by both of you!! How many people ran in the race? The photographers are great- they get so many shots of you!! Jamie... you pulled an Aesa(ask Mike about this!) by not changing out of your running clothes soon after race- haha!! Mike had a hat on- it isn't a runnng one?- looked nice!! Sounds like you two are into the Freezeroo series like I'm into the winter series here. It does help keep you motivated during the winter!

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    1. It's not a running one, it's actually pretty old. I'm not sure how often I will actually wear a hat but it will be good to have one if I need it.

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  6. Awesome job, Jamie! Running in snow is no joke. I had to do one of my long training runs last year with 3 of them through some snow, and those 3 were killer... way to go! You definitely would have pr'd under normal conditions. Getting out in the cold is great for mental toughness, too. :)

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    1. The cold didn't bother me as much as the snow, even though it wasn't too bad. I'm just glad there wasn't any ice!

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  7. We've seen very little snow here this year (although we got a few years' worth last year). I fear that it is being stored up for a bitterly cold 2nd half to the season. Looks like a good race. Loved all the pics for sure!

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    1. We haven't gotten very much snow either, this was the first big snow storm that we've had and it snowed once around Christmas. All of the other times there was either no accumulation or very little.

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  8. They do a great job taking pictures!! I wear a polar fleece ear band when I run in super cold weather just to keep my ears warm but like you I usually never wear a hat. Congrats to both of you on the 2nd race in this series!!!

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    1. Thanks mom!

      I love that they take pictures, it makes it easier for me and then my blog posts have pictures in them.

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    2. I wish my mom would comment on my blog :) lol

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  9. I think that's a great time considering everything - the run looked so fun, but super slippery. You can't give it your all when you're worried about falling on your butt!!!!

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    1. It wasn't too slippery but I definitely didn't want to fall or break anything so I took it easier than I would have in perfect conditions. I hope our next race the roads are clear!

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  10. LOVE the race pics!!!! Those conditions look slick!

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    1. Thanks! They really do a great job at taking photos, I love that there are so many for me to pick from (there were even more with us in them). It wasn't too slippery, but I did take it a little slower than I wanted to.

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  11. That looks like a really cold race! Great job to both of you guys!

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