I am happy to report the first race of the year is over and In the books AND I have finally thawed out!
What I thought was going to just be a slight chilly run was more like a run of mixed elements and really took me out of my typical running comfort zone.
The Tim Kennard 10 Mile River Run took place on March 1st in Salisbury, Maryland and ran some beautiful streets along Riverside Drive and other surrounding areas. Unfortunately I did not take any pictures because of the elements during the race!
As you can see from the weather forecast above it really didn’t think it was going to be that bad. Before the race started our local Moms running group (Delmarva Moms Run This Town) met up for a group shot and all commiserated in how cold it was!
After our meet up we headed in the warm gym for some pre-race announcements, stretching and other good stuff. Shortly after we headed out to the starting line and it was snowing!! The snow would be the first winter weather we encountered on our race! We worked our way closer to the start line so of course we snapped another quick picture just before we headed through the starting arches.
As I mentioned before I had no clue the race course so it was all a new snowy adventure for me. I had a new playlist on and I felt really great the first 5 miles and the snow was still coming down. As I reached mile 6, still feeling great the snow changed to freezing rain!! At this point I wished I had worn a hat but it only lasted for about a mile and a half and then it switches to rain.
Mile 6-8 were mentally hard for me. The weather was nasty and I was really ready to see a new mile marker. I never saw the marker for 7 so when I saw 8 I was excited! I never looked at my time throughout the run so I really had no idea of what my finish time would be. I was able to keep it steady all race and did not take any walk or water breaks. Once I saw mile 9 I was ready to take a break but right there at mile marker 9 the sign said “To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift” once I saw that I knew I had to finish strong. I knew I only had a quarter of a mile or so left and my power song (Pair of Dice by Tiesto & Allure) came on- I had placed it just shy of the 1:30 mark so I knew that when I heard that I could book it and have a PR for the 10-mile distance! As I was coming up on the finish line I saw the clock had just turned to 1:30 and I knew I could finish within the minute. My unofficial time was 1:30:33! I was so excited and stil felt great!
Despite the cold winter weather the race was awesome! So well organized and the on course volunteers were amazing! Most volunteers were college students and they did an amazing job of making me feel like a rockstar every time I saw a group of them!
After the race I took a look at my splits and was pleasantly surprised to see how steady I kept my pace!
It feels good starting the month out with ten miles logged and a PR! Have you ever ran a race in the snow or another type of bad weather? What helped you push through?