Today was by far the coldest day of running I have ever participated in. A strong cold front came in late last night and was making itself known this morning at Lake Hefner. The temperatures were in the mid 20’s but that really wasn’t the issue. The winds were brutal. If I could think of a word that was more brutal than brutal, i’d use it. The northly winds were in the 30’s and I suspect were gusting well beyond that. The Lake added to the brutally low wind chill. Other than the cold temperatures and winds, it was perfect day for a 25K race.
I didn’t take too many pre race pics this morning. I did get one of me acting goofy.
Here’s pic of a bundled up Brenda.
Anyway, the race started and 9:00 a.m. and I felt pretty good at first. About a mile into the race, the conditions became real apparent. I knew that this race was going to be a “gut check” for me. About three miles into a race I discovered something, I was never alone. You see, when its cold and the winds are unforgiving, people tend to find the big guys running. We make excellent wind blocks. Several times I was complimented on my wind blocking ability. I spent the first half of the race fighting the wind as smaller runners ran behind me and beside me pending on wind direction. It was always easy to spot a big runner, look for a pack of runners. Put your money on the fact that the biggest runner is in the front of the pack.
Another phenomena would be the winds ability to send snot flying out of my nose without me exerting any effort. Sorry to all of those drafting runners but occasionally i’d feel liquid fly out of my nose.
About halfway through the race, I had to take a quick detour to find a shrub. Little did I know that a porta potty was less than a mile away. It was everything I thought it would be but it was hard to restart my running.
About the midway point, I met a runner named Yvonna. She really helped me pace with her and she pushed me when we finally had the wind to our backs. It was also nice to have some company out on the course because by this time the drafting people were either gone or behind me.
I’d like to say that I really laid it out and finished strong today but I didn’t. Instead, I just finished and I am totally happy with that. The conditions and length of race really gave me the opportunity to test my mental toughness. One would have to believe that this will better prepare me for the Little Rock Marathon.
After finishing, I waited in the car with Brenda and watched for fellow runners to run by. This gave me the opportunity to take a few vids of Ashley and Alex. Enjoy.
I do apologise to Ashley. I misunderstood her when she asked “is she done?” I thought she was checking on Brenda’s welfare. Look forward to seeing Ashley in Little Rock in a few weeks. Looks like a really fun person to be around.
This is Alex finishing up. Sounds like she is in a great conversation. Perhaps Alex is coming out of her shell and starting to talk (joking).
Alex thanked us for staying for her (even though Brenda had her key). Trust me when I say this….there was no way I was going to leave Lake Hefner without cheering Alex on. This was too far of a race and the conditions were too miserable not to be there to congratulate her.
Few final thoughts…Brenda had a rough time today and I know her Allergies did not make things easy for her. I’d like to thank the good samaritan that helped her in her time of need. Other than that, lets hope that the weather starts cooperating on the weekends.