Two years ago I was unexperienced and new to everything.
Two years ago I was under-trained.
Two years ago I wasn’t as strong.
Two years ago I said, “Never again.”
A lot has changed in two years.
The Fantastic Frigid 5k is a race put on by Columbus Running Company. It’s a January race at a park on the outskirts of Columbus. It’s a “trail” race in the sense that it takes place in a park that is unpaved. There are some pea gravel sections and a “wooded” section that is single track trail running.
It’s pretty flat with a few inclines and lots of loop arounds.
It’s meant to be a fun race and to get us outside in January. A nice way to kick off the start of the year and what will soon be spring half and full training for most.
Two years ago it was my very first race.
Two years ago I had only been running 3 miles for a short time.
Two years ago I didn’t understand what a “trail” race really meant.
Two years ago my ignorance caught up to me and I was left feeling frustrated and upset. It was totally my own fault! You can read all about it here.
I wanted a do-over. I told Scott my plans and it was received with raised eyebrows and a couple, “Are you sure?”
Yes. Two years ago this race kicked my ass and I let it. It was my fault. I wanted to change that. I now have more experience, am a much stronger runner both physically and mentally. I’m a stronger racer and I am smart enough to know not to head into any kind of trail race with expectations.
The only thing I wanted to do for this race was not to let it beat me and to have a much better time than the first one.
I asked around and got some friends to run with me.
Mike, Zach, Jess, and Myself.
Races are so much more fun with friends, right? Especially when it’s 20 some degrees and it’s a snow covered trail race!
P.S. You know you love my cone-head hat. It’s the only one I have found that keeps my head warm and covers my ears.
Check out the chick in the shorts! Hardcore! (And cold, I bet she was cold.)
I was curious about how the woods were going to be and I was also ready to tackle it! While there was snow on the ground, it was dry and hard packed down. The woods were the same and the trail was a breeze. It wasn’t nearly as long or as hard as the first time.
I came out of the woods and knew that it wouldn’t be long before the finish. I also knew that I should be seeing Scott again soon.
The obligatory, far away action shot. It’s nice! You have to click on it to see me though. It was at this point I saw the Mile 2 marker. I had a brief moment of, “Oh gosh that’s it!” but it quickly passed as I realized that one mile left isn’t to terrible at all.
I do have to say that the previous race conditions were more challenging, it was very cold and there was a fresh 6 inches of snow on the ground. However, if faced with those conditions again, I know I could still dominate this race. This shows how much I’ve grown and evolved as a runner. I am beyond happy about this!
Don’t run on snow without them friends!
I asked Scott to take these pictures and he only took two of them, then moved on to full body shots. I was unaware of this and thought I would stoop down and sabotage his picture taking.
Why yes, I am complete a dork in real life, why do you ask?
Done and done!
This race taught me that all races should be fun and not something taken too seriously. Life is too short for that. It showed me how much I’ve improved as a runner.
It also taught me to never say never.