I am happy to report that after all my reservations in my last blog post about the cold temperatures on Saturday morning I made it to the race and survived the Best Buddies 5k despite the below freezing temps.
I knew that the race was going to go well when I managed to get a really great night’s rest the night before. I don’t know about anyone else but I never seem to sleep well before a race. I don’t know what was different, but Saturday morning I woke up completely well rested. I had set out my clothes the night before and so after I put on all the different layers that I had planned I was ready to go!
When I stepped outside I was so grateful for all those layers. It was just as cold as I had thought it would be! I got a text that morning from my friend who was also running the race declaring that “It’s freezing!!!!!!!” My sentiments exactly.
Once I got to the park where the race was held I picked up my packet and then caught up with some old coworkers that were there either working or supporting the event. It was so great to catch up with everyone, and I even ran into my old coworker Jen who I didn’t realize would also be running the event. Turns out we run at the same pace so we decided to run together!
Before the race an instructor from Brick Bodies led a warm up for all the runners. I am so glad they did! I think it would have been a lot harder to run after just standing around being cold for a half an hour. Right after the warm up ended all the runners lined up at the start and the race started.
I was so glad that I had a friend running with me! Having never run in the cold I wasn’t prepared for how different it feels. However, being able to chat with with Jen distracted me and even though I ran slower than I normally do I felt like the miles were flying by.
The course was great, a little hilly but not bad. It was a straight 1.5 miles one way and then you turned around and back tracked. at the 1.5 mile marker they had a water stop set up, which I took advantage of and promptly choked on the water and had to stop for a little to catch my breath. That’s what I get for trying to drink water while I run! Despite that minor hiccup the rest of the race went great!
It wasn’t timed but they did have a clock at the finish and someone at each mile marker telling you your split time as you ran past. Jen and I finished at around 36 minutes. Definitely slower than my normal pace, but we weren’t focused on time and factoring in the cold I am so happy with how I did.
After the race I spent more time catching up with my former coworkers and enjoying the post-race bagels. I was so glad I thought ahead and packed a blanket in my car and a thermos of hot water with lemon and honey for after because it helped warm me up so much.
Overall, I thought the race was so well planned especially for their first year. Best Buddies Maryland had over 300 runners which I felt was the perfect number. My only complaint was the weather, but I’m a baby when it comes to the cold. I’ll definitely be planning to do this 5k again next year!