Brrr, I'm cold.
Unfortunately, mother nature had other ideas. Yesterday we got dumped on, approximately eight inches of snow. (Check out our playtime in the snow here.) And then this morning the temperature was 13 degrees at the start of the race. The race course is a one mile loop that you do again and again. Honestly, I thought they would have cleared it better, but a good half of it was snow covered. Not just a little snow covered, like ankle-deep in some places. It was like running through soft sand. It took a lot of energy and really zapped your pace.
Nonetheless, I tried my best. The parts that were clear I ran hard and fast. The parts that were snowy and slippery, I found the clearest spots and picked up my knees. Although it wasn't as fast as I hoped, my paces were consistent - my slowest mile was 8:12 and my fastest mile was 7:59. I latched on to some other girls who were running the same pace as me and we pushed each other to keep it up. It really helped the miles pass by.
One of the girls I ran with. We've already exchanged some texts and it looks like we'll see each other at the marathon.
In the end I ran a 1:45:39. Not bad. Not what I was wanting or had trained for. I was the 7th overall female. The winning female time was 1:37:30, if that tells you how rough the conditions were. Unfortunately, right now, I do not have another half marathon on the schedule this year. Maybe this fall I can find a good one and go after a big PR.