Sunday, February 12, 2012

Valentines Run (GRTC Freezeroo Series #5) Race Recap

Yesterday Mike and I ran in our fourth Freezeroo Series race! We technically don't have to run in the last one to qualify for series prizes, but we are going to don't worry.

This was the second race in the series where the name "Freezeroo" actually made sense. The weather in Rochester more appropriately reflected the season yesterday and we were racing in low 20 degree/high teen temperatures and snow. That didn't deter the 200 runners who showed up for the race, though!

The start of the race

Since it was a "Valentines Run", I decided to wear my sparkle skirt and of course received lots of compliments on it. Mike wore his red mock shirt, but other than us there were only a few others sporting red or pink.

Right before the start of the race I noticed one woman who was wearing the Running for Sherry bib and I mentioned that Mike and I were running for Sherry too!

She wore the bib, we didn't since our printer was out of ink

Shortly after we were ready to start! There were a few brief announcements and then we were off and running the 8 mile race. I didn't really have a plan, but I wanted to keep my pace below 10 minutes per mile as much as I could. I wasn't sure how the roads were, especially closer to the lake, so I just took it one mile at a time.

The first few miles flew by and before I knew it I was taking a Gu. Mike and I had asked prior to the start of the race where the water stop would be and we were told at around 3 miles. I waited until I saw the water stop to quickly take my Gu. There was also a volunteer yelling, "water 200 yards!" That helped me be able to take it at an appropriate time. Luckily the water stop was closer to 3.5 miles. Thanks mom for the Mint Chocolate Gu it was great! (Mike enjoyed his Chocolate Outrage Gu).

There's Mike!


A little after 4 miles


Here I am!


The water looks cold

After the halfway point the roads were more snow covered than in the beginning and this made my pace go above 10 minutes per mile for a little while. I probably wasted some energy trying to find the clearest path on the road, but it was worth it!

I was really excited when I hit the 7 mile mark because I knew that there was only one mile left! As I got closer to the finish line I saw Mike on the sidelines cheering me on and I rounded the corner to the finish. The mat was a little bit icy and a volunteer actually had to catch me (even though he warned me) so that I didn't fall.


Mike's finish


Happy to be done!

My time was 1:16:40 and Mike's was 1:08:38. Here are my splits:

Lap 1 - 9:10 pace
Lap 2 - 8:58 pace
Lap 3 - 9:27 pace
Lap 4 - 9:25 pace
Lap 5 - 9:44 pace
Lap 6 - 10:20 pace
Lap 7 - 10:00 pace
Lap 8 - 9:47 pace

Average Pace: 9:36 minutes per mile

We had great runs yesterday, but we are so glad that the race was yesterday and not today! We've gotten a lot of snow and I'm not sure how well we would have ran if we had to battle today's conditions.

30 comments:

  1. BURRRR! Way to get out there and Race despite the weather. Congratulations!

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    1. Thanks Sam! It wasn't too bad other than the snow!

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  2. Nice work on your run! I love seeing the Sherry bibs everywhere--it's nice to now that even with such tragedy, there are still good people out there!

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    1. It was amazing to see another bib for Sherry, I really wish our printer wasn't out of ink but we were still running for her.

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  3. Nice job, both of you!! We only got a dusting of snow yesterday. By last nite though, the temps dropped and it was very cold out!! It was cold enough when I ran today, that I wore my face mask. The winds picked up AFTER I ran, thank God!! How much snow did you end up getting?

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    1. Thanks! I'm not sure, over a foot probably.

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  4. Way to go on your run! You look so cute in your sparkle skirt.

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    1. Thanks Jen! I love my sparkle skirt!

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  5. Awesome race, Jamie! You are already getting faster... and running in snow is no joke, way to go! How cool that you saw someone else with Sherry's bib, too. It's amazing how fast and far the word about her spread.

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    1. I'm amazed at how quickly I am improving, hopefully I can be running sub 9 minute miles consistently soon!

      I agree, I was glad that I saw someone else running for Sherry!

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  6. Nice work, lady! I cannot believe how cold it looked! You are such a trooper!

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    1. Thanks Meghan! The temps didn't bother me as much as the snow blowing in my eyes did!

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  7. Awesome race, especially in those conditions!

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    1. Thank you! Other than our 5K a few weeks ago, this might have been the coldest/snowiest we've run in!

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  8. OMG Jamie!!!! (and Mike) you totally smoked this - I was creeping your other training on dm and you are such an asset I am stoked! Can't wait to race with you :)

    Nice job with the Sherry run too.

    PS: you rocked that sparkle skirt ;)

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    1. Thanks Ali! Hopefully I can run faster during the relay, as long as it isn't snowing!

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  9. Great job! I so need to score me a sparkle skirt! :) Think it would make me faster? Nice splits for you. What a great way to remember Sherry.

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    1. Thanks! So far the three times I have worn my sparkle skirt (two actual races, one virtual race) I have had really good times! So maybe that is the trick.

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  10. Great race! I didn't run because it was snowy and I've been spoiled in this mild winter.

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    1. Thanks Rena! We definitely have been spoiled so far this winter, but hopefully it is almost over!

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  11. Great race! We did a long run that morning in greece so we had to deal with the snow and wind as well!!! Way to go on under 10 min pace!!!!

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    1. Thanks Eric! The race was in North Greece too so I definitely know what you mean!

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  12. Great job both of you.....especially in those conditions!! Hopefully winter is almost over and your next race will be on clear roads!!

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  13. Nice job! And on the Gu topic, LOVE Chocolate Outrage. If I could, I'd probably eat it while at work which, now that I think about it, I guess there's nothing stopping me. I really like the Mint Chocolate too but I have noticed it doesn't have caffeine in it like the Outrage and therefore, doesn't give me the extra pep.

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    1. Thanks Kristin!

      I probably wouldn't like the Chocolate Outrage since I don't really like chocolate (unless it is mixed with something else, which is the reason I like the Mint Chocolate). I did notice that the Mint Chocolate didn't have caffeine which was alright for the 8 miler, but my favorite energy gel so far is Clif Shot Mocha. Which probably means that I would like Gu Espresso Love.

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  14. Great job! It looks so cold!!
    Love the sparkle skirt. I can't wait to wear my green one next month. :)

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    1. I wish I had a green one! We are most likely running in a half marathon on March 18th so I'll have to wear something green, I do have a shirt I can wear if it isn't too cold!

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  15. Great job to you and Mike! This looks quite frigid. You guys are tough!

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    1. Thanks Suz! It was pretty cold, but not too bad!

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