Sunday, December 15, 2013
OK when I left he house to drive there it was 4 degrees out. .... no really 4 degrees!
Question #1 What kind of an idiot would run a half marathon when it's that cold out ... check out my picture!
Ok at race time is was a balmy 12 degrees......yeah there were people in shorts! One guy in shorts I kept pace with for awhile I dubbed hard core. ...he and his buddy got a big kick out that. He told me that he has been called a lot worse than that and I told him yeah me too.... and occasionally to my face....That was about the last conversation I could manage since my face felt frozen. Kind of like novicaine face...the mouth just does not work very well.
The race started and finished at the same place The Atkinson Country Club. It was really nice. The after party was in the ballroom and it's always nice to have warm, clean restrooms that have running water and are well stocked. BONUS!
The course itself was the usual rolling hills of New Hampshire but no chin scrapers....I know new terminology for you flatlanders but I think you get the picture. The area is rural and quite lovely and the roads were in decent shape.
water stop one I just blew past - # two had Gatorade and water - or should I say slush! The slush kind of threw me for a loop I took a big gulp and did not expect it to be 3 dimensional!
The next water stop had Hammer gels which I grabbed one but never ventured to take my glove off to open so I still had it unopened when I finished the race.
The last stop had hot chocolate.... a nice touch but at that point my face was so cold I was pretty sure nothing was going to get into my mouth. Even the photographer's barely got a grimace out of me. A big smile probably would have cracked my lips wide open.
At the end they had the usual bananas, water yogurt etc
The after party was nice hot soup, hot chocolate and FREE Craft Beer!
Finishers medals were nice (and well deserved) and the shirts although cotton are pretty nice. They have a list with the award winners and a table so you just go pick it up ...no long dragged out ceremonies or forcing winners to hang around. This particular group does it that way and I really like it. I did not win anything this time. ...came in 4th or "went to the prom with my cousin"... but I was pretty happy with my time considering the conditions.
How do you dress for something like that?
On top sports bra, long sleeved silk underwear, winter running turtleneck, winter tech running jacket. running gloves with a flap over to make them mittens, long compression running pants over knee length compression socks, tech winter beanie and I had the hood of my jacket pulled up over the hat.
Oh and one more thing this race was a "sell out" at 700 runners. So I guess I was in good company of crazies. Most of the big races around here sell out guess we all are glutens for punishment.