My first race of 2015 is in the books, and it was quite an adventure!
Luckily, they didn’t have to cancel 10 miler.
Then, my gear. Before I left the house I saw this Tweet from Tracy. I quickly checked my own Garmin, and strapped to to my wrist so I wouldn’t forget it.
Running the @PRRaces Reston Ten Miler this morning and I totally forgot to charge my Garmin. Race day is not off to a great start.
— Tracy (@HRmom2twogirls) March 1, 2015
But as I pulled onto the highway on my way to Reston, I realized that I hadn’t grabbed my ear buds. Now, I know a lot of people don’t run with music, or at least don’t race with music, but that’s not me. Unless I’m running with someone else, I like to have my tunes. I especially like to race with music, because my fun playlists keep me going when my legs get tired. I decided that I would buy some ear buds, figuring I could find them at a nearby 7-11 . That turned out to be more of a mission than I had planned for!
The first shopping center I encountered had a gas station convenience store, so I popped in there. They had phone chargers and Go Phones, but no ear buds. The grocery store across the parking lot was open, so I ran in there. Again, a wall of Go Phones, but no ear buds. (They did have a nice warm restroom with no line, so I took advantage of that amenity!) I drove on to the race venue to pick up my bib, and decided I had time to try my luck at 7-11, which was 1/2 mile down the road. They had phone chargers, USB cables, and Go Phones, but no ear buds. By then, the drug store back by the grocery store was open, so I headed back there, knowing they would have ear buds. I toyed with buying a cheap pair, but didn’t want to risk the annoyance of ear buds falling out while I ran, so I spent $25 on these Philips ActionFit ear buds.
They stayed put, and I love the clip that keeps the cord in place.
After all that, I went back to the race venue and then sat in my car debating what to wear. Even though it was only 25F, I felt warm in my jacket and contemplated running with no jacket, but then I thought I might regret that decision if the freezing rain started before I finished. I ended up opting for a lighter jacket, warm headband but no hat, and gloves without mittens. By then it was almost 7:30, so I headed inside to use the bathroom and do my final gear adjustments–including using my new Racedots!
That brings us to my fall. It was about 7:50 when I headed outside and took a few minutes to warm up by running up and down the driveway of the start/finish area. I was just about finished when I found myself flying through the air and then sliding across the asphalt, my arms outstretched in front of me as if I was gliding through a pool! 🙁
I had either missed or misjudged a speed bump. I could tell that my fall was spectacular by the reaction of those nearby, but luckily I was fine. I did scrape my little finger and my Speck case took a hit for my phone, but all limbs and electronics were still in good working order. 😉
With those misadventures behind me, I was ready for a good race!
The best part of the race was the people on the course. There weren’t many, but I was so impressed by the energetic volunteers and cheering family members who braved the cold, snow and sleet. I tried to smile, wave, and yell “Thank you for being out here!” whenever I could.
The most fun was seeing Kim several times. She had told me that she and her son would be out on the course since her husband was racing, and I was excited when I saw them right after the start, and then again near mile 3 and mile 6 (it’s a loopy course). Her son wore a bright yellow slicker that was easy to spot and always made me smile. Thanks, Kim!
My spilts tell a story of a hilly course, and show that I had a hard time getting back in the groove after I stopped to take a picture of the lake:
8:00, 8:11, 8:07, 8:46, 7:55, 8:40, 8:42, 8:43, 8:35, 8:11
I knew I was sacrificing my time by stopping, but I really wanted a picture to contrast with the blue skies of The Reston Perfect 10 in October. I thought the course was pretty then, but it was lovely today with all the snow on the ground. I know I was in the suburbs, but there were so many wooded areas I almost could have been out in the country. It started snowing about halfway through, and even that was nice. Luckily I finished before the snow turned to freezing rain, although my drive home was a bit dicey!
Is the ice blue medal color a coincidence?
I hadn’t set a goal for this race, other than to run it faster than the Reston Perfect 10, which I nailed. I came thisclose to hitting snooze and DNSing this race this morning, but I am so glad that I got up, got out there, and got it done! And, yes, now I am looking forward to the flatter Cherry Blossom course in six weeks!
Is there one thing you just don’t want to race without?