This weekend was a cold one in Kansas City. How cold? Try single digits. So what does one do when it's this cold out? Run in an outdoor 5K of course!
On Saturday my mom and I competed in the 5th annual Battle of the Bean 5K. I hadn't intended to run it this year, but my friend reminded me that I had to defend my title! Last year I got first place in my age group! That was the first time I've ever won first place in a race and it was exhilarating!
This year was somewhat less exhilarating, but I blame the cold. Here's how the race went:
- Temperature: 19ºF (wind chill of 11ºF...)
- Time: 8:00 AM
- Location: Leawood, KS
- Distance: 5K (3.1 miles)
I was feeling kind of under the weather on Saturday to begin with (stuffy nose, minor headache, etc.) so I was nervous that the cold weather would only make my potential cold worse. Bring on the layers! I wore:
- 1 Under Armour undershirt
- 1 Under Armour quarter-zip running jacket
- 1 North Face wind-proof jacket
- 1 Nike running vest
- 1 pair Nike running gloves
- 1 North Face hat (borrowed from Vince since I couldn't find my own hat)
- 1 pair (Costco) leggings
- 1 pair Under Armour running shorts
- 1 pair Balega socks
- 1 pair Asics running shoes
Yep, I'd say I was pretty well bundled up for the race.
(HUGE thanks to Foo's Fabulous Frozen Custard for 1) sponsoring Battle of the Bean, 2) providing delicious custard and coffee after the race, and 3) letting us stay warm before and after the race in your restaurant!)
After I hugged my mom good luck (she moved to a later corral since she walked the race) I was left to my own thoughts:
The Start Just keep hopping! If you keep hopping your muscles will start to warm up and you won't hurt yourself!
The Beginning Oh my gosh this could not be colder! My face is actually uncomfortable! My face is actually freezing! And my hands! My FEET! They're so cold!
Mile 1 One mile down, two to go! Maybe this frozen feet thing isn't so bad. I mean, I can't feel any pain, can I? At least my face has warmed up again. I didn't realize you could get a brain freeze from the outside of your head!
Mile 1.5 I could get used to these downhills...
Mile 2 Oh boy! My hands have thawed! I can feel my fingers again!
Mile 2.5 Hmm. I'm starting to sweat. How is this going to feel when I stop running?
Mile 3 My feet! I can feel my feet!
Mile 3.1 I did it! It hurt but I did it!
The End Must. Go. Inside.
After the race I headed inside Foo's to warm up again and wait a few minutes before my mom got close to the finish line. Thankfully, she finished right when I expected her to, with the biggest smile on her face :)
Of course we had to pose with the giant coffee mug! TEAM COFFEE!!
So how did we do? Pretty darn good! My mom finished right around 40 minutes, which is awesome considering she's 4'11'' and walked the race. I mean, those little legs were moving!
I finished in 23:02, which I'm really happy with considering the cold weather and my own cold! I had a great time at the race and I was SO surprised and pleased to see that I finished 14th in my gender. That's just crazy to me. But so exciting! Maybe I need to do more 5Ks? At the very least, I'm really excited to try out the 10K distance this March for the Great Plains 10K!