i thought i had run a 44:50-something, but i must have had frozen eyes, because my official time came out to be 45:01. bummer! average pace was 7:15, meaning i can't even count these as MP miles. ha!
anyway, i had a fun time, and finally got to meet some fellow bloggers (Sasha, James, Mary Ann, Jeff). they all ran very well, as did Seth, who won the race. Mary Ann won for the females, and i am blown away at how fast she ran considering the conditions.
it was snowing fairly hard at about 9:30 when i started my warm-up, and there were no signs of clearing. i did a 2 mile warm-up @ 8:35 pace, came back nice and wet and snow-covered. but i felt warm and thought i was ready to race. the snow was still coming down hard when the race started, but it was tolerable. the entire course was snow-packed, but it was only a couple of inches, nothing deep. i felt like i went out fast the first mile, but my split was only a 6:50. so i was getting a pretty bad return for my effort. miles 1 through 3 i drafted behind gray beanie man 21:33 at the turn-around, so i was slowing down and even more off my pace. and the turn-around. oh, the dreaded turn-around...
i had warmed up quite nicely the first half of the race, and was feeling a little too hot so i was thinking of ditching my shell at the turn-around. but the second i rounded the cone, the fierce, arctic, breath-taking, pace-sucking wind hit me right in the face. this was going to be a long three miles to the finish. i was in fifth place at this point, and i didn't want to lose that. i already knew my time was going to be horrendous, so i just wanted to focus on keeping my position. i put my head down and just kept saying to myself "keep going, keep going". mile 4 was a 7:30, and it just got worse from there. i felt like i was working so hard running against the wind and on the slick snow, but i was getting nowhere. again, feeling like i am putting out so much effort and getting no return. so frustrating!
last mile was a 7:09, so i was happy i "sped up" at least a little at the end. luckily there is still one more race in the series (15k), so there is a chance for redemption. and hopefully the weather will be a little nicer, although this is a winter series, so i shouldn't be complaining.
very short cool-down because i was already cool. should have done more. planning on a few tonight on the TM.