After thawing out, changing clothes and getting some mandatory Starbucks the four of us made our way to "Bedford Falls" for the It's a Wonderful Run 5K.
The roads weren't too bad on the way there (not the same case on the way back home), so we decided we would go to our second race of the day. When we were planning this weekend, Mike and I didn't want to miss the It's a Wonderful Run 5K since it is my favorite 5K ever! We decided we would do both races, and make it a day of fun racing.
Love this race, photo courtesy of Crystal
This was our third year racing the 5K and it was the first year that there was actually snow on the ground for it (you can read the two previous years' recaps here and here). Crystal and I decided that we were going to run together and just enjoy ourselves. The roads were slick and the snow was coming down hard so it definitely wasn't a day for PRs.
We made it to packet pickup and then we hung out in the Community Center until the start of the race. We ran into our friend Beth, who had also raced the trail race in the morning, and we took some photos.
The four of us! Photo courtesy of Crystal
We wore lots of Christmas colors, photos courtesy of Crystal
The race started at 4:40pm and around 4:30pm we made our way outside. Joe wasn't racing this time, so Mike, Crystal and I found our spots on the bridge. There were some pace signs and Crystal and I thought that right in front of the 8:00 minute/mile sign would be a good spot. It turned out that we were wrong.
Yes, it is that bridge. Photo courtesy of Crystal
Ready to tackle the snowy roads! Photos courtesy of Crystal
All of a sudden people were moving forward and then we came to a halt. I guess it wasn't the actually start, and then we got moving. Sort of.
Lots of runners, photo courtesy of Crystal
We love running! Photo courtesy of Crystal
Crystal and I were stuck behind people who were going really slow, which is fine but they shouldn't have been up in the 7:00 minute/mile area. We probably were running in place for a good five minutes before we started to dodge and weave through the crowds. As a result our first mile came in around 11:30 pace.
We finally found some open space and made our way through the snowy roads. We all should have worn our YakTrax that we had used during the trail race, but we didn't. The one unfortunate thing about it snowing is that I couldn't see as well and I focused on the ground more so I couldn't take in the sights as much.
Our second mile came in around 9:30 pace, which was a lot better and we continued on our way. I only slipped a few times and as we came toward the final turns I told Crystal that there wasn't much left. We were both wearing our sparkle skirts and I could hear some people commenting on them.
The final road, before the downhill finish, has cones separating cars and runners. We really had picked up the pace and we were passing a lot of people. I couldn't believe how fast we were going considering the amount of snow on the ground and that it was our second race of the day.
As we made the final turn, onto a small uphill, a guy on the sidelines said "it's all downhill from here". Crystal and I made a comment about how, at that moment, we were literally running uphill. This part of the course was slick and we stayed in the middle where everyone else had been running.
We made it to the downhill finish and I heard Mike cheering us on. Crystal and I crossed the finish line together in 30:15 (our final mile was 8:30 pace and then .14 was 8:01 pace). Mike had finished in 25:08.
So snowy and cold! Photo courtesy of Crystal
After a quick finish line photo, complete with snowy/icy eyelashes, we grabbed some water and went inside to find Joe. We ran into Beth and her friend, Kirsten, and got a photo taken together.
We didn't get to stay long since we had to drive back to Rochester and the roads were BAD! Mike did a great job getting us back home safely.
The races weren't the only wonderful things about this weekend, but it was so much fun sharing some of our favorite things about running with Crystal and Joe. I can't wait to see them again in a few weeks!