Sunday morning I ran Paddy’s 5 Miler. This was my first time running a five mile race. It was a beautiful, albeit chilly, day for a race. The temperature was supposed to be a high of mid 50s but at 10:30 it was still only 38 degrees. I debated about wearing only shorts but pulled on my tights underneath knowing that I’m always cold. It was a good call because the wind made things a lot colder.
Since the race didn’t start till 10:30, I was a little unsure about what to eat for breakfast. Usually before I run outside in the morning, I’ll have a 1/2 a bagel with peanut butter and banana slices. But I was up at 6:00 and hungry so I had my usual morning oatmeal. When I was making it, I by accident started sprinkling ground cumin instead of cinnamon on it. I hate to waste food so I thought I’d cover up the cumin taste by adding more cinnamon. I know there is such a thing as savory oats but this was just wrong! There were a few bites that had a mixture of cumin, cinnamon, banana and almond butter. Yuck! Not recommended.
I had a cheering section for the race. Ron and the kiddos came along for the fun. While we waited around for the race to start, I got my warm ups done by chasing two little monkeys.
We were near an area where a lot of guys thought it was a good wooded place to bypass the port-a-potties. The kiddos wanted to follow them. We had to move a few times.
I wish I had more pictures to share but we had technical difficulties. First, my camera batteries died after 3 pictures. Then, Ron got a few video clips on his phone but they got lost in technology land.
Since it was a St. Patrick’s Day themed race, costumes were encouraged. I didn’t get crazy like some people. I went with a leprechaun headband, a shamrock scarf, green Nike Tempo shorts and half zip. I threw on my new green Paddy’s 5 Miler race tee over the half zip at the last minute because I was freezing. There was lots of green, fake beards, Leprechaun hats, a few kilts, and a lot of cute tights and socks. I need to look for tights and socks for next year! There were also a few guys playing bag pipes to make things even more festive. The kiddos enjoyed dancing the Irish jig to pass the time.
Now, I grew up in a really cold area of Michigan and I live in New Hampshire so I’m used to the cold. In fact, I’ve lived in a cold climate for the majority of my life. Today I saw some really crazy people in my opinion.
If you look closely at the above picture, you can see a guy in the front row with orange shorts. He had rainbow suspenders holding his shorts up and NO shirt. CRAZY! He ended up being one of the top 5 finishers. You would have to be a really fast runner to wear that in 38 degree temperatures!
The race started on time and we were off. I started out faster than I usually would just because I wanted to warm up and the first 1/4 mile was downhill. As the pack of racers thinned out, I fell into step with a few women and men.I’ve never been a fast runner but this pace felt good. I looked down at my Garmin at one point and saw a 7:36 pace. What?!?! I didn’t think I’d be able to maintain that pace for the whole 5 miles but I was feeling good and stayed with my “pacers.”
The race course was essentially an out and back. It was flat except for the one big hill around mile 4. I’m embarrassed to say that a “big hill” according to my Garmin afterwards was only a gain of 97 feet. What can I say, I’m not a hill lover at all! My “pacers” began to pull away from me as my own pace decreased in speed. I boinked. The one good thing about most hills? There is usually a down hill once you reach the summit. This hill had just a little slope down but after that we were back on flat ground. I pushed to catch up with the familiar shirts I had been chasing. I did catch up with a one girl that I had been following but it took some effort. As we approached the last 1/2 mile, the little hill that was at the starting line, was in fact a gradual incline. Ugh! My pacer girl pushed ahead so I followed. I wasn’t going to let her leave me after this long. My final race time was 40:14 with an 8:03 pace. I was 17th in my age division, 217 overall.
Post race, all finishers got to refuel with bananas, sandwiches, and soup. There was also a free pint glass and beer. I totally forgot about that portion and forgot to pick up my glass. I knew beforehand I wouldn’t have a beer afterwards – I was too cold! Thanks to social media, I am picking up my pint glass on Monday from New Heights. Big thanks to them for being accommodating to one spaced out Mama!
I had a great time racing Paddy’s. Any time a race requests participants run in costume is a good time in my book. I’m definitely signing up for next year!
Did you run a St. Patrick’s Day race over the weekend?
What is your perfect race temperature?