Up early this morning, although not that early since the race was pretty close to home. I woke up around 6:40. Made a delicious prerace breakfast:
- cream of wheat
- 1/2 cup pumpkin
- 1/2 scoop vanilla protein powder
- cranberry sauce and almond butter on top.
So good and really good race fuel. With cafe au lait.
The temperature was about 30 or 32, and not windy, although it was cloudy. Definitely waaaay better than the 15 degrees last year!
Here I am with my sister and niece (who did Girls on the Run):
This is why you should always watch what you are doing. I had no idea I was being videoed here:
Okay – ready to start any time! I was cold!
My goal was to shoot for 29:30. The race started on a hill, but I moved to the edge so I could pass people. It was good in that I happened to be in front of the clot of people, so I didn’t get slowed down by this. I had my pace music on, and my idea was to play a 6.5 mph pace and run that 3 times for 5 minutes each to hit my goal. It worked pretty well. When I did the faster speed, I was passing people right and left, which was kind of fun! The time went by so fast. It was a flat course, other than the first hill. On my last pace segment, I accidentally hit the wrong button on my player and ended up on Sweeney Todd, so I couldn’t go back to it. I just tried to play the music in my head and go. I ran really hard at the end and saw I was close to hitting my goal. I crossed in 29:32! I was really happy with that!
30 degrees and soaked in sweat! 🙄 Can I tell you how much I love this jacket? I hope it never wears out.
One thing about the Adirondack Runners – they know how to put on a spread after races. This was 1 of *3* tables of stuff:
Someone whose name begins with L and ends with I managed to eat back all her race calories and more at this table! Sooo good. I can get helpless after working hard when I want food.
After the race and after all of us went for coffee, my mother and I went to a country art/craft show. It was pretty neat – it was out in the country, and it was a bunch of homes that had artists and craftspeople showing their wares. Lots of driving, but so pretty and fun. I had some serious house jealousy! Plus it started snowing!
Our first real snow of the season. Each of these places had cookies and drinks, too. I was fueled by cookies today! I never even had lunch, either.
Ornament of the day:
Tuba ornaments are for John. He is a tuba/trombone player and was at school in Colorado getting a masters in composition when I was working on my doctorate. That’s how we met, by being put together in a graduate brass quintet! 😀
John made a whole wheat pizza that is in the oven for dinner! Have a great night!