I couldn’t think of a better way to start the New Year than with a race. I did something I’ve never done before. I didn’t pre plan to do this. Less than 48 hours before the start, I went to register. I hadn’t been feeling my best but figured if I dressed warm, I could handle it in less than 40 minutes. It was cold. I think over celebrating on New Year’s Eve and low temperatures kept some participants away. There were about 120 people registered for the two races (a 5k and 10k). We started the course with an out and back on the street that lead into the park. We then used the trail, most of which was paved. At mile two, I questioned my decision to race. my throat was scratchy, my nose was running and my ears were cold. But i pushed to the end and was happy to see my sweetie at the finish line. A modest 36 minutes. Eighth in my age group. i’ll take it.
Everyone was friendly. I enjoyed the race overall and would support the racing company in the future.