to let me know that duh, snow is possible at 16 degrees. Thanks Volkswagen.
It snowed Friday about 10 inches. It was 16 degrees when I arrived at the race at 8:15. The sun did come out in time for the start, but it was still only 20 degrees, icy, and cold. They had plowed the paved course, but there was a lot of icy patches the whole way. I did mile 1 pretty reasonably (8:34) considering the conditions, but never could pick it up as fast I would on dry ground. A couple of speedier runners had fallen and ended up bleeding or with jacked up limbs, and quite frankly a PR wasn't really worth it to me on this race. Yeah, I'm fair-weather tough like that.
The icy start...
...and the icy finish. That's HRRC runner Super Fast All-American Kyle.
It was super-fun to run with all the Highlands Ranch Running Club (HRRC) members that were there, and unfortunately the Flying Frenchman is on the DL and couldn't run...but the upside benefit of that is that we had our own personal running club photographer there. Score! So, without further delay, here are my momentous race photos.
Trying not to fall on the ice, coming into the last quarter mile at the finish.
*Please note Red Guy behind me.
Uh oh, I do NOT like Red Guy passing me...
Better not slow downn now Red Guy, I am coming for you...
Oh, so sorry Red Guy, but your immasculation is of no concern of mine!
Red Guy, you just got chicked! By ONE second!
Yes, I count the small victories.
Net Time: 27:30, 8:53 pace
10 in my age division
64 overall finisher out of 238
But most importantly, one second faster than Red Guy who thought he could dude me at the end; not so, buddy!
And oh yeah, RIP Gay Leprechaun; never thought I'd miss you but now that you are gone, I do.
This year's St. Patrick's Day 5k race shirt, which is sublimely blah.
I feel a bit of loss where the Fugly used to be....
(Sorry, I am too lazy to open it in photoshop and rotate it.
It's easier to require you to turn your head to the left instead.)