Friday morning we woke up to a beautiful snowfall. It looked as if the world was a giant snow globe that had been shook. Living in Western New York, this is the norm for early February. However as the day progressed the snowfall became steady and the winds were raging. The snow kept coming and coming. It was not looking good for race day. Fast forward 24 hours and I woke up to of course lots of snow but roads were looking clear and the snow had stopped falling. Actually the weather conditions were close to ideal for a race in February. It was around 20 degrees and the wind was minimal. What more can you really ask for?
Race morning, I actually felt nervous for the first time in a while. I haven't had race day jitters in so long! My stomach had that feeling, butterflies. I wasn't hungry but knew I had to eat something, so I opted for an English muffin. I also had my morning coffee, which is the big joke among my running group. The past few longer training runs I had been feeling so good, and I swore it was due to my morning cup of joe! Evan, Lucy and I headed to the YMCA around 9 o'clock and were surprised to see so many people! I hopped into line with Beth and Zach and we picked up our race numbers. Before I knew it, it was time to kiss Lucy and Evan and head to the starting line. I was chatting away with the girls and then we were off! I ran with Shanna and Kaley for the first 5 miles. It seemed to fly by! We were chatting away about weddings, babies and breastfeeding. As we passed the 5 mile marker, I started to pick up speed and caught up to Beth who was plugging along. Smart girl, brought headphones. I was still feeling great and on Harrington Rd., notoriously the longest, most boring part of the race, I saw Jamie and Kim in the distance. I sped up a bit to try to catch them and tagged along with them for the rest of the race. Cold Springs bridge seemed like a piece of cake to run up, but then we came to the dreaded Market Street hill. It's one of those hills that you don't even want to look up at when your running because it's so intimidating. But there is a light at the end of that tunnel which is the finish line! Jamie is our little energizer bunny, who practically sprints up hills! She's amazing! I tried for a very brief time to keep up with her, but alas Market Street hill got the best of me and I slowed down, put my head down and just put one foot in front of the other.
At the top of the hill, there were people cheering and I took the final turn to see the finish line. I used whatever energy I had left to finish strong! I was so glad it was over! I usually am at the end of every race. But I keep coming back for more!
My little running group (Beth, Shanna, Jamie, Kim and myself), who Shanna refers to as "Moms on the Run", showed up and showed out! We all did a great job and I think I speak for all of us when I say it was a great experience! We are already looking for our next challenge!