New Year’s Eve 5K

Yesterday I ran my second 5K race. When Aaron and I arrived, we were only milling around for two minutes when I was greeted by Annie. She’s a local runner that I’ve been talking to on Twitter for years, but have never met in person. It was great to meet her and a few other tweeting runners. But soon, it was time for us to shuffle outside and run.

According to the race website, I ran in “the most EXTREME conditions.” The temperature was in the single digits, and the wind chill was below zero. The route was snow-covered and icy. See how snowy this corner is?

New Year's Eve 5KI’m the blue jacket just about to run out of the frame. The first mile felt like it took forever…I think I used an entire different set of muscles to keep myself from falling on the course. Even though it was freezing, about .75 miles in I didn’t need anything over my face (if you can find me in the photo below, you’ll see my scarf hanging below my waist). 
New Year's Eve 5KI ran the first mile+ without walking, but then I was all about the walk breaks. This course was hard. It would have been awesome if it was 45 degrees outside, but I had to run over ice, snow, slush, puddles….my time was even slower than my first 5K (which also included snow and ice, but not this much). Rather than get discouraged, I told myself that at least I ran the race. Last New Year’s Eve, I was on the couch. This year, I ran a race. Annie was waiting at the finish line (over 10 minutes after she had finished, in single digit temps) to cheer me on. Runners are awesome.

RINY 5K Results
Time: 47:34.83

And then this morning, I ran again. (On the treadmill, at the gym.)

New Year's Day RunI need to get used to running on tired legs, so my goal for January is to get into a Tue-Wed-Thur-Sat run routine. By the time February rolls around, that distance needs to be 3-2-3-4. I’m not far from it, and I look forward to getting there.

I’m nowhere near the fastest runner in the races I’ve run. In fact, I am almost the slowest (30 people finished behind me yesterday). But I show up and run.

Edit: I forgot to add that for the last mile, my eyelashes were frozen together at the corners. I could see the ice out of the corner of my eye. It was so weird, but it sort of made me feel hardcore.

6 thoughts on “New Year’s Eve 5K

  1. Good for you! The only 5k around me was at midnight on NYE and since I was in bed at 10:30 that wasn’t going to happen.
    Good luck with your running goals. You can do it!

  2. Liz, I think it’s awesome and inspiring that you’ve started running – and already achieved so much!

    The year before last I read The Courage to Start: A Guide to Running for Your Life by John “the Penguin” Bingham, and it gave me the permission to be a slow, extremely imperfect runner, because that’s what I am. You might enjoy it.

    1. Thanks for the recommendation! I’ve been looking for running books that aren’t about hardcore runners….I’ll definitely add that one to my list.

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