Today I ran the Cupid's Chase 5K in Glen Rock, New Jersey. First, I need to thank Maura and the kids for braving the temps. Especially on Valentine's Day. It was 14 degrees when I left the car to get ready. Yikes, I think they deserve the award for standing in the cold watching me. That was probably harder than the running.
I have never run in 14 degree weather. Guess what, I will never do it again. I will run the Cupid's Chase, but it usually ins't that cold. Yep, it was that cold. I never felt good from the first step. It was just painful and didn't allow me to find a rhythm. That's all of my complaining though. Regardless, it still felt good to be racing again. I haven't raced since a run in October and it was good to be out there again.
I had been hoping to be under 20 minutes for the run, but I quickly abandoned any real concern for time once the race started and I realized how cold it was. As it turns out, I finished in 20:25. That translates to a pace of 6:35/mile. I finished 11th out of around 150+ runners and 1st in my age group. I have no complaints.
A couple of takeaways for the run today include:
1. Even though all my running these days is around my gym 100's of times, I am in decent shape.
2. I need to get outside and get some hills in. There is nothing like hills and hill work to really round out your fitness.
3. I need to continue the recent nutritional lockdown. I will race and feel much faster once I drop a few lbs.