It’s my first race recap of 2018! Woo-hoo! As I had mentioned on Tuesday’s post, I was hoping my Hotcake Hustle route would be a 10k, but I wasn’t have too much fun in the cold, I ran the 5k instead. The hijinks continued right when I crossed the finish line, I mistakenly hit the “back” button on my Garmin instead of “Save” so it lost my entire run. But wait there’s more! Once, I met up with my dad after crossing the finish line, and despite being fully charged, my phone died immediately after my dad took my post race photo. I’m not sure if this is my phone’s really rude way of telling me that I wasn’t looking so hot, but dangit, Apple! My phone seems to be working now, but the technical difficulties kept me from getting any decent photos of course, so I apologize!
What I Wore:
*Chandler Bing voice* More like, what didn’t I wear?
- Nike full length running tights (Similar)
- Nike Pro Warm Long Sleeve Shirt (Here)
- UNT Hoodie (I’ve had this bad boy for ten years!)
- Garmin Forerunner 10 (Here)
- Saucony Women’s Grid Cohesion 9 (Here)
- Nike running gloves (Similar)
- 2017 Too Cold to Hold 5k Beanie
This is my fifth year running this race, and the route has never changed! While I do love consistency, I will say I am not a huge fan of running over a super steep bridge twice in one run, but hill work does make for a great workout!
How I Felt:
COLD! It was 28 degrees when the race started, and I felt it in my face the entire time! My hands did start to get sweaty around mile 2, so I took those off and stuffed it in my hoodie pocket for the rest of the race. Also, I don’t if it’s getting old or what, but cold weather running makes my bones feel like the Tin Man when he’s low on oil, and I just felt very creaky and mechanical for most of the race. I kept about an 11:30 pace time, which is my normal when I’m not in the mood to push myself, but my creakiness didn’t last the rest of the day, so thankfully my creakiness wasn’t a tell for anything serious or concerning!
Instead of medals, runners were handled coffee mugs at the end of the race, so I collected my mug and immediately got in line for what we all showed up for, pancakes! In years past the line for pancakes was held outside and the volunteers whipped up the hotcakes on a griddle under a tent. This year the pancakes were moved into a small room and everyone was able to seamlessly move in and out, and stay out of the cold as well! I got my two pancakes, and quickly wolfed those down. There were a few booths on site, but be that it was frigid outside, I didn’t really stay long to check them out.
Check out my previous Hotcake Hustle recaps below!
What food would you run over a bridge (twice!) for?