Showing off our race shirts and bling.
|Ready for cheese fondue.|
|Shooting off one of the confetti snappers.|
Once the kids were in bed we played a game of Trivial Pursuit. Finally mom wanted to concede the win to the guys because it was getting close to time to leave for the race. I didn't want to concede but she was right in doing so because we ended up really pushing it to make it to the race. I checked the weather one last time before changing into my race clothes and was super disappointed to see it was 10 degrees and felt like -5. I couldn't think of a time I'd ever run in negative degree weather. Although I hate the cold, I also found myself getting super excited about the race. It would be the coldest weather I'd ever run in and I always love a challenge. It also took all pressure off trying to run a certain time or attempting to finish in the top 3 women. I had won the race the previous 2 years but both years had run sub-20:30 so I knew I didn't have much of a chance at winning, but I had been hoping I could still sneak into the top 3 women so I could win a gift card to the local running store that puts the race on (and also sponsors me on their race team). I knew from discussions with my friend Sara that I would definitely need a layer over my tights and figured with such intense winds, wind pants would be a good idea. After I graduated college I almost got rid of my ugly team wind pant warm ups but finally decided to hang onto them and I'm so glad I did. They've come in handy! On the bottom I wore wool socks Gigi and Papa gave me one year for Christmas, tights, and my wind pants. On the top I planned on a fleece lined Under Armor top Leina and Rocky got me one year for Christmas, my tech hoodie from the Tulsa Run, and my rain jacket. After seeing what mom and dad were wearing (Carhartts and snow pants) I freaked out and added a fleece top. I also threw on my racing singlet just for fun. For my head I wore a mask and both my jacket hood and shirt hood. Then mittens for my hands were a must!
The coldest feel like temperature I've ever run in!
|Dressed in many layers and ready for the race!|
|Everybody dressed and ready to go.|
I was feeling really good and kept picking up the pace. I actually started to get hot after the turn around and felt like the fleece I added was probably overkill. If I hadn't worn it I most likely would have been cold the first mile though so I didn't regret wearing it. I did pull my mask down off my nose so it was just covering my mouth to make it easier to breathe and eventually pulled it off my mouth too. I was excited that I went through the 2nd mile in 6:59 and told myself I just had to run under 7:27 for the last mile to beat my time from the Ugly Sweater. I was feeling strong but also was ready to be done. It felt weird running in so many layers and my breathing was a bit off from running half the race with my mouth covered. I got hot and took my mittens off, stuffing them in my jacket pockets. As I neared the bridge to cross and return to the other side of the river the fireworks started going off to signify midnight. I was disappointed because I was running to where they were behind me and I couldn't see them. Last year I had been crossing the bridge and the year before I was on the other side of the river and running straight toward them so I had a great view both years. I was far enough from the bridge I figured the fireworks would be finished going off before I could see them as they typically don't last for very long. I was really excited when I got to the bridge and they were still going off. Then as I crossed to the other side they were still going off and continued going off even after I finished! My split for mile 3 was 6:52. I could see Jeremy's blinking lights ahead of me and there was no one in between us. I didn't have much motivation to pick up the pace for the finishing stretch. I did try to sprint it in but definitely didn't feel like I pushed as hard as I had at the Ugly Sweater when I was duking it out with the other woman at the finish. I was pleased when I uploaded my run and saw I had finished at 6:35 pace at the end compared to 6:43 pace at the Ugly Sweater! This race felt so much more in control and I didn't feel horribly out of shape. I think the earliest I'd want to run a 5k after taking time off would be 4 weeks. Trying to come back and race after 2 weeks, especially since I'd only been running every other day was too much! This race was so much more fun! I high fived Jeremy and told him good race before taking off on a cool down.
|With one of my running buddies!|
Thomas got home from visiting friends in Louisiana on New Year's Day in the late afternoon. He made it over for meat fondue. Carter especially enjoyed meat fondue. He liked skewering his meatballs and steak on the fondue fork and then passing it down so we could put it in the pot. After dinner we did dessert fondue with caramel and chocolate along with pound cake, angel food cake, marshmallows and fruit for dipping. Elise kept grabbing marshmallows, taking a bite, and setting them back down on the table. It was pretty funny. It was a wonderful start to the new year! Jeremy went for a run on January 2nd with no incidents which we were all grateful for! I know it's silly but I'm a little superstitious about the day. I was a little nervous going for my run on that day even though I was wearing my light up vest and running with Harper! I hope you all have a wonderful 2018!