Earlier today I ran the Run Your Ice Off 5k in Kewanee, IL. I've lost track, but I'm pretty sure this is my 6th year running this race. It's become a favorite standard race that I look forward to running each year.
I went into this race knowing full well that it would not be a pr or anything super fast. I fully realize I've done ZERO speed work this year. In fact, overall it's been a down year with my running (and I don't mean that in a negative way). But I was still planning to race & put it all out there.
The thing about this race is that every year the weather is something completely different. There have been years with ice & snow on the ground. Sometimes a little, sometimes a lot. One year it was so warm I ran in a skirt & a single layer shirt. This year it was cold & windy. The windchill was -1. Going out the wind was to our backs & it didn't feel too bad. Coming back though it was a nice brisk slap in the face that, for me, made it very hard to breath. Add in me running at a pace that was too fast for what I'm trained for & it was a tough race. But I was able to pull off being 3rd female overall & had a time off 21:40. Not too shabby & nothing to complain about.
Well, it's officially a new year. I'm more than ready to say good bye to 2014 & ready to welcome 2015!
I can't wait to see what awaits me this year!!
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!