But I had to take up the opportunity to run a free 10K! Yes, free! No, I wasn't sponsored or anything. Daniella registered, the race was postponed due to Hurricane Sandy, and now she is in Poland for work. So I stole Daniella's identity for the day to save $25, I never said I wasn't cheap.
We were so cold, Bri and I considered just running the 5K. But Leilannie talked us into doing what we set out to do, run the 10K.
So the good news: I finished! My 5K time wasn't my PR but I beat my 10K PR! I ran almost the entire time, besides during the 3 water stops. I usually run through the water breaks so well but the water was ice cold so after it spilled on my chin the first time, I realized if I wanted water, I was going to have to walk a few steps.
The bad news: Not great race atmosphere. People were friendly but it seemed less then smoothly organized and well run. I understand it was cold but people left as soon as they finished, no after party, no nothing! And the other bad news, I came in last. I beat no one in the 10K race. There weren't many 10K runners and I beat many 5K runners so I don't feel too bad.
Overall, I wasn't thrilled with the race. Besides it being flat, there is nothing going for this race. I am not sure how much racing I will be doing in CT this winter if it is a cold winter. But I am truly glad I ran the race today, because I believe that I was tested, mentally and physically. There was no one around (it was a small race), I could have cut corners and turned around early. But running, like in life, you cannot take short cuts. I like to know I am honest, whether someone is watching or not.
Time: 1:23:45 Pace: 13:31
"There are no shortcuts to any place worth going." -Helen Keller
Because I am proud of myself for not taking a shortcut and finishing what I set out to do.