Reindeer Romp 4k
Hey there! The race went really well this morning, considering the conditions and a few obstacles along the way. I’m very happy with it 🙂
First, a little lesson in layering. Disclaimer: This is just what I do and isn’t necessarily expert advice, although I have read a lot on the subject!
Pants – I don’t worry as much about pants although I did get a little cold “burn” on them today so I may do more about this in the future. But normally, a regular pair of running pants suffice.
Layer 1 – A synthetic material (mine is polyester) closest to the skin. It keeps you warm and allows the material to breathe so you aren’t soaking in sweat and thus cold. I have this one and one that is long sleeved but I decided on this one today.
Oy. All I can say was it was 6 a.m. I made myself smile in the rest of them!
Layer 2 – A close fitting shirt to go over top of the first one. You can use another synthetic shirt, but I like this one because it’s cotton and spandex. So it keeps me warm but it still pretty light, fits pretty close and stretches.
Layer 3 – Long sleeved cotton tee shirt. I’ve use a short sleeve shirt before too, but I felt like being a little extra cautious today.
Layer 4 – A vest of some sort. This one is thinner and breathable, but I also have one that is fleece that I use too. If you are able to keep your core warm, you will do great in the cold weather. So that is why I almost always use a vest – that and I can put stuff in the pockets if I need to.
Extras – A hat (or ear warmers) and gloves are a must! This is where the vest comes in handy again, if you decide to take them off during the race, they can go in the pockets.
Don’t forget your Road ID!
And last but not least, a hooded sweatshirt. What you do is take off all the layers down to the first one and then throw the nice, warm and dry hooded sweatshirt on since your other clothes are likely wet and cold!
I did not take an iPod today since it was a short race and I wanted to be able to hear people around me. Actually, that wasn’t hard to do because it was sooo crowded.
When we started the race, I had to walk for a minute to get through the crowd, then I started jogging. I was a little frustrated because I knew I could’ve gone faster but I took it in stride (pun intended).
Throughout the first mile, I felt as though my fingers might freeze and break off. But by the time I saw that mile marker, I was getting the feeling back and getting pretty warm all over.
There were more hills on this course than I knew about and I definitely felt like walking a few times but I just slowed down up hill and made up for it down hill.
I’m not sure what my “official” time will be but my watch said 24:00!
Since I had 0.8 of a second up there, I went ahead and calculated my pace based on 24:01 (for a 4k or 2.486 race).
I averaged right around 9:39 minutes/mile! That is just a mere 10 seconds slower than the pace that I had a PR with on a 5k back in May. I was really pleased, especially considering the delay at the beginning.
I felt so good afterwards 🙂
I actually did a short little video to talk about the race but I’m having trouble uploading it. If I get that fixed later I’ll put it here!
Edited to add: Here is the video, finally!
Hope you guys are having a great Saturday 🙂