Cold. So very, very cold.
As you know, I love this race. I think the Mews is a great place, good beer, good food. The race is fun – tough course, but a great, downhill finish. Free beer, good shirts, and great food when you finish. We used to have a great tradition of doing the race as a big group, hanging out after until they kicked us out, and then moving the party elsewhere. That tradition ended after only a couple of years for various reasons, but like many other traditions in my life I’m unwilling to give it up. So I insist on running each year and drag whoever I can get along with me.
This year, we didn’t get to go and pick up the numbers early and get our free beer, because J had to work, and we had a lot to do around the house to get ready for Thanksgiving. My brother graciously went and drank our free beers for us. What a giver. My parents watched Emilia, and kept her last night as well. Bonus!
I did not want to run this race. If you looked at the thermometer, you’d understand why. 26 degrees and windy. It was cold, maybe the coldest race I’ve ever run. I had many layers on (including one made of too small spandex. Sexy), and I was still frozen. Due to my awful sense of direction, we only arrived about 30 minutes before the start, which was a blessing. Just enough time to get our beer wristbands and hit the port a potty before we started.
Even though the race field looked smaller, apparently everyone was just huddled in the tent for warmth, and the start was pretty crowded. J and I stuck together for about 2 miles, and didn’t walk at all. Then he pulled ahead of me, and I walked a bit up the giant hill at the end. I probably could have run up the whole thing, but I had it in my mind that I was going to walk, so I did. Kind of stupid, but I was pretty happy that those were the only few minutes I walked the whole race.
After the race, we had some beers and, when the line died down, got some food, which promptly turned to ice. It was really that cold. We were outside for about 2-1/2 hours total, and I may never warm up completely. Still, it was a fun day – I’m just glad I don’t have to do it again for another year!