Grass Skirts and Hawaiian Shirts

Event: Grass Skirts and Hawaiian Shirts

Date: 12.07.2013

Location: Olathe, KS

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Maybe I was looking to redeem myself after bailing from the Gobbler Grind (when I decided 16 degrees was too cold to run)… For whatever reason, I signed up for what I knew was going to be a cold race.  The night before, my husband took me to TJ Maxx to score some warmer pants. I knew the race was going to be cold…

Race Morning was 3 degrees out. -9 with the windchill factored in.  I dressed in enough layers that I could barely put my arms down.  (Christmas Story reference FTW!)  Race attire was:

  • Columbia thick fleece pants
  • Fila running tights
  • Random tech shirt
  • Academy long sleeve moisture wicking shirt
  • Mondetta running jacket
  • Under Armour thick socks
  • Isotoner gloves + Asics mittens
  • Adidas ear warmers
  • Scarf
  • Saucony Ride 6s (thought they would be the warmest of my shoes)

I looked ridiculous, maybe… But I did stay fairly warm.  The moment I started running, my scarf tried to fly off and my hood blew down.  I spent the race trying to pull my scarf up over my mouth and nose because the cold air was burning my lungs.  After only minutes, I couldn’t feel my toes.

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All I can say about the race was any plan I had for pacing went out the window.  I was cold and miserable so I started way too fast, probably in an effort to get it over with.  The course was an out-and-back on the same paved trail as Martini Madness.  I managed to hold my own and not give up position after settling in to a slower-than-usual pace.  (I was so cold!!!)

After receiving my finisher medal, I headed inside for post-race pizza with two girls I met right before the run.  I was pleasantly surprised to learn that I placed 3rd in my age group, 7th woman and 14th overall.  Yay!  My award medal was a bronze version of the finisher medal.

Time 24:31

#3 AG

#7 Woman

#14 Overall

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