Thursday, January 1, 2015

Run Your Ice Off 5k

I have about 15 minutes left before I officially ring in 2015.  We had some friends over earlier this evening.  Nothing big & fancy.  We had plenty of snacks & played games.  

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.
(My friends that went with me)

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.
(My bib number & the race sweatshirt)

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!!