3 races in 24 hours offered by Oz Endurance?! Absolutely crazy, right? Yeah, so I signed up for 2 of the 3 instead. Yeah, still crazy. But doing something I enjoy ending one year and beginning a new one sounded FANTASTIC.
Race #1: Run Into the New Year
The race began at 11:45 PM but due to being out-of-town I still needed to pick up my race packet. Talk about some cool stuff! A bright, long-sleeve t-shirt and hat along with some new promotional information on upcoming races.
It was a cold, cold night. What do you wear to race in when it’s 21 degrees? I wore an Under Armor base layer, a dry-wicking top, then another dry-wicking top along with a 2 pairs of running tights, a neck-warmer, a hat, mittens, and thick socks. I was freezing until I warmed up with 1/4 mile run prior to the horn and was pretty warm for most of the run except for my cheeks. There was ice on the course with tight corners and it was, unfortunately, a little short of a 5K – 2.91 miles instead of 3.1. My time wasn’t too disappointing considering the ice and cold and the fact that I nearly threw up after I finished. Giving it my all, literally! I came in 2nd in my age group with a time of 24:56.0 (the exact time of my Garmin), missing 1st place by about 13 seconds!!!!
The best part? Seeing the fireworks at midnight, party buses stopping by the river and welcoming in 2016. Such a neat experience! Back at the finish, I received my finisher’s medal, a cookie, water & hot chocolate before I headed home to set my alarm for the next race in just a few short hours!
Race #2: Hangover Half
Yep, a half marathon to start off 2016! I slept in my running clothes since I only had a few hours of sleep before this race. More cool stuff – another long sleeve T-shirt and a pair of gloves! Although the sun was out, it was still cold -23 degrees – and there was a lot of ice on the course. I’ll admit, it was a tough race for me. I’d done my training but after my blood donation, stress from the holidays and traveling, it was a struggle. I came in 6th in my age group with a time of 2:06:41. My Garmin said that I only ran 12.94 miles so I had to add some cool-down time to get my miles right for the day.
I had a lot of fun, though, and it was something I’d never done before! Would I do it again? Not sure. I’ll see what happens when it rolls around again to sign up next year, and how my muscles feel later as they sure are sore at the moment. For now, I’ll need to decide what race is next!