Frosty Five Miler
Sunday, December 24, 2017
This is the second year I’ve done this race sponsored by Western Reserve Racing. It is really nice because it is right downtown Hudson so I don’t have to travel far. This year the weather was 28 degrees and cloudy. We had gotten a dusting of snow the day before so it looked pretty and Christmasy, but the roads were clear. I was determined to to win the ugly sweater contest this year. Here I am in my new blinking sweater. Yes, it is making a encore appearance from the zamboni ride. I also remembered to wear my blinking hat that I got last year. Add some Christmas socks, a tutu that I may or may not have bought at the children’s department at Target years ago and you have an outfit! I had to bust all this out since we missed the jingle bell run this year!
There were over 700 runners participating this year. I eagerly lined up for the ugly sweater contest, but had a lot of competitors. Even Santa showed up! It turns out that my sweater actually would have won the “cutest Christmas sweater” contest as the runner-ups and winners were truly bad. One funny thing happened on my way to the race. No seriously. A complete stranger offered to give me a hug. Of course at first I forgot that my sweater had “hug me” on it so I gave him a weird look until he reminded me that my sweater said “hug me”. Duh.
I ran into a few people I knew so that was fun. The run itself was uneventful. I was too hot with 3 layers on. I took my gator and gloves off after mile 1. I felt challenged running this morning. I haven’t run outside for awhile and when I run the treadmill I usually don’t set an incline so I wasn’t really prepared for the hills. I could totally tell this during this race! I walked a bit during it. I was about 3 minutes slower than last year, but it was just fun to get out there.
Here are the stats from the race:
Time: 55:18/11:04 pace
Overall place: 577/709
Age group 38/53