Event: Grass Skirts and Hawaiian Shirts
Location: Olathe, KS
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
- 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.
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.