Tomorrow I’ll be joining “20,000 thousand*” other runners at the National Harbor for an early, cold winter race! We are being promised hot chocolate, and that’s about the only thing keeping me interested at this point.
Well, that and some sweet race swag. See: jacket.
RAM Racing – you got me. I will run for chocolate, and I do love Ghirardelli (may or may not have stocked up while at the San Francisco airport for 2 hours at 11 p.m. – priorities!). You know what else I love? Random race distances!
Really, when was the last time you raced a 15k? And on that note, why do we have some races in miles (13.1, 26.2 ) and some in kilometers (5,10, 15 K)? No consistency here! It’s very odd.
Back to the points.
Random race distances means that you usually get an automatic “personal best”, which I’m happy to take as a side with my chocolate. Winter races mean I’ll be needing some throw-away clothes, and/or a tough attitude about that starting “35*” temperature prediction.
After a short run this morning in what should be the exact same temp as tomorrow (and same time), I’ve verified that my face will freeze – but my hands, body & feet should be just fine.
Chocolate means I better run fast, because it sounds delicious!
The goal – 1:12:12** (avg 7:45).
Who else is tying up their racing laces this weekend?
Who else is braving the logistical nightmare that is the HC 15K at the National Harbor? It’ll be fun!
*The latest race update e-mail informed us that “…it’s going to be cold. We have 20,000 thousand runners signed up…”. Running friend, Emma, was quick to point out that this typo suggests there will actually be 20 million runners. I mean, whoa.
**Thanks, RW calculator. My brain doesn’t work in kilometers or 10ths of a mile.