Last year Mike and I ran the Freezeroo Series and our first race, and first race of 2012, was the New Year's Day Resolution Run: a hilly 7.5 mile race.
We aren't doing the series this year due to marathon training, but we did start 2013 off the same way as 2012. If only the weather had been the same as last year!
Since the race didn't start until 10am we were able to sleep in a little bit after staying up to see the ball drop. We got to the race start at about 9:30, which was enough time to get our bibs/ankle chips and go to the bathroom.
The roads were a little snowy in the park, where the race started, but the main roads looked like they were going to be fine. We did a brief warm-up and lined up with the rest of the "crazies" running in 25 degree weather, which is the best way to ring in the New Year!
A little after 10am, we were off!
You can see Mike, to the right, at 1:10 and me, to the right, at 1:30
Mike and I really need to line up further back during this race because we have gone out WAY too fast both years. Next year we will pace better, hopefully.
After a pretty blazing start, 8:18 for the first mile, I settled into a good pace. I didn't know if I was racing-racing or if I was just out for a harder effort run, but I just tried to keep a sub-9 minute pace.
Mendon Ponds and the Mendon area are pretty hilly, so I wasn't able to hold sub-9 minutes for very long but I kept a pretty even pace during the middle miles. The roads weren't very snowy, just in a few spots when we turned back into the park, and I felt pretty good. I did feel like I was breathing pretty heavy and that was probably due to the cold temps. Speaking of the temps, I did wear my new headband from my mom and my gloves and those came off after the first mile!
Around 3 miles someone was yelling out the time and I was right around 26 minutes. There was a water stop at 4 miles and for the first time in the race I had a hard time getting my legs to go. I took a little breather, just slowed down the pace, and eventually I felt better.
I made the next turn and this is where it started to get a little snowy on the roads. Some cars weren't moving over for us and there were some kids and a mom out cheering for us, and telling the cars to slow down. I remembered them from last year and I was glad to see them out again. I even saw a horse playing in the snow on this road!
Right before the second to last turn, my feet started to go numb. This isn't really a pleasant experience under normal circumstances, but this is when the roads started to get slippery. I had to slow down, plus there was the last major hill, so the last full mile was the slowest.
Finally, I saw the final turn and pushed it as much as I could. I saw Mike on the sidelines and crossed the finish line, four minutes faster than last year!
My final time was 1:10:10, how about that for nice numbers, and Mike's time was 1:01:47 (he beat his time from last year by about 3 minutes!)
Comparing last year and this year
After we were done, we made our way back to the lodge for some food. As we were walking we saw my friend/co-worker, Jess, and we walked with her and her friend. They both had great races too!
I really do love this race and I'm hoping that it is one that will always (unless we do the midnight run in New York City one year) be on our race calendar.