It was in the mid to high twenties, with only a slight bone chilling breeze and best of all sunny. The sun really makes all the difference at those temps.
The race was held at Riverfront Park in Billings so I knew it would probably be a trail run of sorts, but with the snow it was a whole other matter. I brought my Yak Tracks just in case but as the course was mostly just snow covered grass and trails with a very small portion of it cleared, I didn't feel like I needed them.
My sister and I ran the loop as a warmup and to see how the running would be. I could tell right away this would be no PR attempt. (not to mention no speedwork lately anyway, but with all the loose snow it was a lot of work running!) We took a pause for a photo shoot.
|so tough I don't need my ear warmer on my ears, I wear it on my neck|
|yay Team Beef!|
The first part of the run was through loose snow on the grass and I though "this is going to feel like a long 5k" It was hard to get good traction! At least we had lots of pretty scenery.
I never did, but I think we really pushed each other as at the end of the race he commented on how hard I pushed him as he could always hear me right behind him.
Mile 1 7:12
Mile 2 7:16
Mile 3 7:05
last .15 7:54 pace (don't judge I tried to kick but the snow here was really hard to run through.
Final time 22:38 with a 7:13 pace according to my Garmin. I was shooting for a 7:12 pace since I haven't done any speedwork in months. Taking the running conditions into consideration I was more than pleased with my time and think I would have smashed my goal had they been more ideal.
Here is the "cow" I was trying so hard to beat and me of course. I did win top female overall and a gift certificate to Scheels as well as a fleece lined running pullover jacket. They are going to send me the jacket and have it embroidered with top female finsiher type stuff. YAY! (it even has thumbholes)
Here is what Rocky thinks of it all.