I ran it as part of the 2016 running series, which rewards participants who hit 26.2 miles with a running jacket. They were handing out the 2015 jackets at the race, so I got to see a lot of them, and they’re pretty sharp. I hope the 2016 jacket looks just as nice. (photo via @MillenniumRun on Twitter).
I did okay, finishing officially in 24:41.3, or roughly 8:20 per mile. That was good for 47th place out of 161 in my age division. Not quite top 25%, which is my stretch goal these days, but pretty good considering what I did the day before.
On Saturday, conditions were horrible. About as bad as you could expect, frankly. It had rained during the night. The ground was frozen, so when the rain hit, it froze. Then it started snowing and sleeting. Then I went for a run.
After about three miles, I called uncle. Claire and I were going out anyways, so I asked her to bring a change of clothes and come pick me up. I ended up running 6.4 miles in that slush, and it was the hardest 6.4 miles of the season. Not in the sense of “I don’t think I can do this,” but more in the sense of “this is really hard.” On the uphills, I was reduced to steps of 18 to 24 inches, because when I pushed off, my foot slid out and I barely got any traction. Down hill was an exercise in controlled chaos, with gravity pulling me along and me trying hard to stay vertical. Later in the day, I grabbed another 3.4 miles on the treadmill, so it was with 9.8 miles under my belt that I ran the Snowflake Shuffle.
Which is to say, EXCELLENT Ragnar training. Three runs of 3 miles or more in a 24 hour period, the last of which was in race conditions. Can’t do much better when preparing for a relay race!
Anyhow… the Snowflake Shuffle. Fun event. I wish it were a 5K and not a 3 miler… not sure why I care about the extra 0.1 miles, but I don’t track my 3 mile records, I track 5K. I wouldn’t have scored a best on this race anyways, as I worked hard Friday and Saturday, which is not how you prepare for a Sunday race. This race has a tricky uphill in the last mile, so if you do go out and push hard on this thing, you’re going to need to save something for the last little bit. You can see my pace dropping steeply where the hill kicks in at about the 17 minute mark:
Okay, on to other things. I know I keep promising a 2016 forecast… I will get that done before January is done, honest! I was planning on posting that today, but I forgot my schedule at work, so it will have to wait.
If you’re running in New England, stay safe out there!