The race started and I knew 10 minutes into it that I was going to boil. Thank goodness I didn't wear the Santa pants. I was in shorts and only a sports bra underneath the hot coat. The only cool thing about the coat (outfits) was people driving by the race that are usually super irritated about runners were whistling, cheering us on and honking. They all thought the sea of Santas was awesome.
I kept a nice 8:15 minute per mile pace for mile 1, but by mile 1.2 I was hot, very hot, boiling hot. I should have taken the coat off then and why I didn't I don't know. Well Yes I do, because I only had a sports bra on underneath and I have never in public ran in a sports bra only. Gross. But this time was going to be different. By 1.5 miles in, I was on fire, like felt nauseous, pukey. Not something you want to feel racing. So I did what I needed to do and wrapped that coat around my waist and let the cooler air hit me. I didn't want to pass out. No one wants an ambulence ride at a 5K race or ever.
Then at the water stop I poured water on my head. Yes in December I poured water on my head and I was running in a double sports bra, shorts and a sants coat around my waist. It was 62 degrees out in Illinois in December. Bodies running heat up at least 20 more degrees. Crazy. My second mile suffered greatly because I was hot. I think it was a 12 minute mile. So disappointed in that mile split. By the end of the 2nd mile I finally felt better and had cooled off a bunch. I was able to run faster. Finished in 28:56. I know I could have done a 26 something, but not in this heat. A fun race, but it needed bananas at the end or something like that.
|This is a picture of the starting line when everyone was lining up. The race director asked everyone to PLEASE wear their santa coat and hat for sure. We didn't have to wear the pants, beard or belt,|
|This picture was taken at 9:15 a.m., 45 minutes before the race started and there was still this much fog. It was absolutely gorgeous. Glad the fog burned off before we drove home.|
|Chris and I before we warmed up to run.|
|A selfie in the beard. Glad I didn't run in it. It was WAY too hot.|
|My stats. I didn't run as fast as most 5K's, but I was overly hot in that suit. I felt I did well for my age group. Being in the top 12% in my age group. Not too shabby. And the top 15% of all the females. This was Gun time not chip time, BTW.|
|Chris running in for a great finish! She is awesome. I'm so proud of her for running and staying fit. She will turn 69 next week and is determined to keep running.|
|The Garmin stats.|
|Chris and her daughter.|
|We were promised a free soda if we didn't want beer. However they ran out of regular soda and who wants diet? Gross.|
|A beaver or something swimming in the water. Too cool. I need a better camera.|