The original plan was to pace this lady to a sub-30 minute 5K.
Rocking the sock arm warmers
Mike and I ran into Sarah, her husband and son at our last 5K and I knew that she really wanted to run a sub-30 minute 5K there. She came really close and I offered to pace her in another 5K before the end of the year if she wanted. She found the Post Christmas Blues 5K in Canandaigua, New York and the plan was set in place.
Unfortunately, we are getting our second round of snow in just a few days and the roads we were running on were not ideal for a sub-30 minute 5K effort.
When Mike and I got to the high school where the start was located, we dropped off our two pairs of shoes that we were donating for a reduced registration fee (only $15 each!) and then we found Sarah, Rob and Danger.
Mike decided to run with Rob and Danger, who were competing in the father/son division, and I was running with Sarah. Sarah and Danger were competing in the mother/son division and Mike and I were in the husband/wife division.
At the start, which was a typical "oh there's the horn, let's go" kind of start, I noticed that we were at close to 9 minute pace. I told Sarah we should slow down, which we did, and then shortly after I knew that our goals needed to change. The roads were SLUSH and it was hard to traipse through the snow.
I just focused on keeping Sarah going and tried to talk to her as much as possible. I even did some run-dancing in an effort to make her laugh! The course was really nice and if the weather had been better I KNOW that she would have killed her goal. I enjoyed running through the snowy roads and took in as much of the scenery as I could.
Before I knew it, we were heading down the final road and the finish line was in sight. We picked up the pace a little bit, saw Mike, Rob and Danger on the sidelines and we were done.
Our time was a little over 38 minutes, but that didn't matter. We accomplished the new goal: we crossed the finish line with smiles and laughs on our faces. Mike, Rob and Danger finished the race in about 33 minutes.
Us after the race! (I wore my new Saucony jacket and Tommie Copper tights)
After it was over we got some food and awaited the results. We didn't win any of the team divisions (but Sarah and Danger probably came in second in the mother/son division) BUT Danger did come in third in his age group!
This was a nice way to end the year and I probably won't run again this year, which leaves my yearly mileage at 1,003.91. I'll take it!
Do you like racing in the snow? Have you ever changed your goals during a race?