Sunday, February 7, 2010

I ran like it was a summer weekend


I'm wrapping up a great week running wise, as well as cross training. I logged 19.75 miles, I'm still friends with my resistance band, and Mike and I have been tossing the medicine ball back and forth while we make dinner. It's been chilly, but I made it outside twice this weekend for runs.

Saturday I met Jeannine with the Lake Effect crew, and we pounded out 6.5 miles in a hilly neighborhood, in preparation for the Shamrock Run. It was about 18 degrees out, but it felt colder. About a mile in, we finished up a long, steep hill, which everyone dreads, and my ipod turned off, AGAIN! This time it was in the middle of a T.I./Justin Timberlake song, which really pissed me off. I must be getting used to not running with music, after a few minutes I just got into a good pace and stayed with it, and we ended up doing the scary hill a second time. After we headed inside for coffee, my ipod suddenly turned back on, so I think the cold weather is messing with it.

Today was the Chilly Chili 5k, in Cazenovia. The temperature got colder the closer we got to the race start, I think it was about 15 degrees, and a light snow was falling. We had group of 7 family members running, and walking, and I ran into some Lake Effect friends. The biggest surprise was seeing my college roommate!

I lined up in the 8-10 minute group, I didn't want to have a repeat of the last 5k I ran and get caught behind some slower runners. My 12 year old nephew was with me, but when the gun went off, that was the last I saw of him, he ran it in 26 minutes, speedy boy! The course went through the village, which was pretty, then looped around a residential area. I was warned about the steep hill at the end of mile one, but I nailed it. I wanted to look around more, but there were some patches of ice, and with the snow falling, I kept my head down. With my history of broken legs, the last thing I need is to fall and hurt myself.

The race went by quickly, I kept pace with a woman about my age. She told me that she was trying to keep up with me, which I thought was funny, I said I was trying to keep up with her! I finished in about 31 minutes, which was fine with me, I didn't have a goal for this one.

There was a beer tasting and chili cook off at the finish, but by the time we got everyone over there, most of the chili was gone, but I did try some beer. We have a pot of chili on the stove for the Superbowl anyway, and beer. Which I am going to help myself to right now. Go Saints!!!

22 comments:

blueviolet said...

Excellent! I really admire your athletic prowess!

Suzy said...

Great job on the race!! It sounds like the finish line was great - chili and beer! What could be better on a cool day?

Molly said...

Brrr! Great job on your race!

Julie said...

Hi Molly,
You did awesome on your 5k!! Way to go and way to tackle the hills and weather:) Actually, chili sounds really good right now!! Enjoy the superbowl...we are watching it too!!

ajh said...

That is the cutest shirt ever, way better than mine! You sound great on the hills!

Janie B said...

You are so inspirational.

Jon (was) in Michigan said...

Good job on the race! It sure was a cold one today. Brrrrrr!

Susan Fobes said...

Did you say 15 degrees? Ouch! Glad you stuck with it.

Katie said...

Nice job on the runs, especially in this cold weather!

Nicki said...

Great run, Molly! Maybe you were keeping up with my friend who finished in about that time. I got stuck at the start and then had some serious breathing problems in the cold. Managed to take a minute off my only other 5K I have run so not totally unhappy but due to the breathing issue walked a good portion of the race about mile 2.

Nicki said...

Ooops! I also had some beer but no chili after the race. Chili was either gone or lines were really long.

Kelly said...

Nice run yesterday!! I kept looking for you, but never saw you. On the other hand...I think I was running with your nephew for quite a while...until he flew past me!! Great week of running!

EricaH said...

Great job on a great run I couldn't imagine running in 15 degree weather, I had to work at running a 33 min. 5k in perfect clear and 60 degree weather. :) Thanks for stopping by I love your header picture.

Staci Dombroski said...

Way to go on the 31 minutes! That sounds like such a great idea, too bad you did not get some chili :( I hope you have a wonderful week!

J said...

That sounds cold! I avoided the outside this weekend because it was so windy, icy and snowy!! Great job on the race!

yonca said...

WOW,great run Molly!!! I love that you keep running even though it is so cold.Chili and beer sound perfect for the cold weather. Love the shirt!Have a wonderful week!

ChristieisaRunner said...

Good job on the run, and fabulous job, nephew! I had the same problem with my iPod once. I was getting so mad b/c I'd just charged it the previous night and it'd tell me it had no charge. I know I have an old one (Classic), but I didn't expect it to crap out on me. Turned out it was the cold b/c it started working when I got back inside.

Mighty M said...

Nice job!!

ajh said...

Thanks for noticing and commenting on my new Blog photo.

Zoƫ said...

Oh iPods...they are tricky suckers sometimes. I hope yours plays nice. Congrats on a great race! Don't you love trying to pace/beat someone and they are trying to do the same? It's fun.

Tara said...

Chili AND beer? Two of my favorite things! Great job getting out for the race!

Your Saints did a GREAT job.

Brad said...

Cool, I like the shirts. To bad you didn't get to try the chili at the end. I was a judge in a chili contest last friday. Seems to be the thing to make when it's cold outside.