By Anna Nickels
Aka that time I completely questioned my sanity and why I was running instead of at home drinking hot chocolate.
The Pumpkin Pie race was my first ever 10k and I was excited to do it again this year and see my improvement, hopefully getting my sub-hour time.
Then the arctic chill hit the country and unfortunately did not skip Colorado. The forecast did not look promising, but I held out hope that it would be wrong. Turns out it was wrong…it was much worse than predicted!
We woke up Saturday morning to light snow showers – the snow wasn’t supposed to start until mid-morning. My mom and I decided to pick up our bibs and shirts and decide from there. The windchill was around 0 degrees and it was snowy and icy. At this point, we were really debating if we should even do the run. The 10k started an hour and a half after the 5k, so we had a chance to talk to some of the 5kers about the course. They warned us about black ice and that most people had to walk because it was so slick. Ultimately, we decided to stay and do the race. We knew it wasn’t going to be pleasant and that we’d probably have to walk quite a bit, but it would have felt wrong to drive away.
Bundled up, we made our way to the start line. Once we started running, we warmed up quickly and the cold wasn’t so bad. The problem was the ice on the path. Until about 2.5 miles in, we held around a 10:50 pace, decent considering the conditions. Then my foot slipped back and I tweaked my hip. It wasn’t bad but it was enough to make me stop and walk for awhile. After the halfway point (we ran the same loop twice), I felt okay to start running again. I had gone maybe 10 steps and bam!
My legs flew out and I was on the ground. Luckily I landed right on my butt. It hurt but I wasn’t injured. The rest of the race was a combination of walking and very slow running where it looked safe. My mom and I crossed the finish line in 1:15:08. With the weather, the race ended up not being about time but about being able to say we did it.
Anyone else race this weekend? What’s the worst weather you’ve ever raced in?
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