Last Thursday, on Thanksgiving for those of us in the States, I ran a 5k race with my husband, father-in-law, sister-in-law, and her husband. It was a turkey trot race early in the morning, and it was also 18 DEGREES Fahrenheit. For those of you in Celsius, that’s -7 degrees. It snowed a couple nights before, so the roads were icy and snow covered, which meant every step felt like two or three. It was actually like running in sand! It took a good mile to actually feel warm.
I had a really hard time with this race, but despite the snow, ice, and crazy amount of people, I finished in a little over 39 minutes (including my sister-in-law’s ice traction thing falling off of her shoe). I’m happy with this time even though Lindsey (the SIL) ran with me the entire time and I felt like I was holding her back (she ran a half marathon, and quickly). Still, it was fun and I was happy when it was over!
There was a hill and a bridge, which were a couple of added challenges! I don’t have very stable ankles, so I was afraid of twisting one, but it was fine.
Me and the hubby!
Total, there were 1534 people in the race, and I finished 83 out of 184 in my age group, so not too shabby! I’m glad I did this race because it was hard and good practice for running in the snow. Since I’m signed up for some winter races, this won’t be the last time I’m running in that kind of weather.
Also, I reached a milestone this week: 5 miles! I’m signing up for a five mile race in February, so I’m glad I can do it.
I can’t believe how far I have come in just four months. Who knows where I will be a year from now, or even another four months from now! 🙂