I could make this a short and sweet recap by just posting this pic.
But something tells me that you would all like me to elaborate a bit. So here goes.
On Saturday when we had the IRC Detroit Skunk Run, I thought the weather was cold. It turns out that it was nothing compared to the weather that Mother Nature had in store for us for the Kona St. Patrick’s Day Run.
On Sunday morning Chris and I got up way before normal people should be getting up on a Sunday. We headed over to Plymouth which is where most of the Kona races are held and it is where the Kona Hot Chocolate race was held that we did last year.
We had two options for parking. 1) Pay $5 to park near packet pick up, the start line and the finish line. 2) Park in a lot a few miles away and take the free race bus.
Naturally we came up with our own option which was to park for free on a residential street near packet pick up, the start line and the finish line.
Packet pick up went smooth. But just the walk from the car to get our race swag made us very aware of just how cold it was. It was bitterly cold and windy. I don’t know the exact temps at race time but I know that at 12 noon it was in the teens with a real feel of zero. The first wave of the 10k was at 7:30 so I am certain the real feel was in the negatives. No good.
After warming up on the car a bit Chris and I headed towards the start area. Luckily I had no problem finding the port-a-potties this time around! Woohoo! We stayed inside the warming tent until 5 minutes before the 2nd wave of the 10k and then we ran to the start line to get our run on.
The gun went off and so were we! Oh wait, just kidding. Somehow they shut down the start line before we could get across and we were stuck waiting for the 3rd wave of the 10k which meant we had to wait 10 minutes. Normally 10 minutes wouldn’t be a big deal. But given the frigid conditions 10 minutes pretty much did me in. By the time the 3rd wave crossed the starting line I was pretty much frozen solid.
I spent the first mile thinking that if the route went anywhere near my car I was going to make a beeline for it. At that point I didn’t care that I would be squashing my chances of getting the Kona Grand Slam by missing the first of the four races. I just wanted to be out of my misery.
I spent the second mile reconsidering my hobby of running. I began thinking of all the different hobbies that I could do instead of running. Ones that would always keep me warm. My top options were weight lifting, hot yoga and bowling. I think at some point I decided to become a bowler. lol
By mile three my upper body was decently warm and my feet were too. On the other hand, my butt and thighs were numb, I couldn’t feel my finger tips and I was struggling to breath. So basically I was still miserable.
Chris was doing much better than me in this race and he could have easily gone ahead and finished way before me. But for some reason he decided to keep me company. It always baffles me when he does this for me because when the situation is reversed I almost always go ahead of him.
The biggest struggle of the race for me was my breathing. I have exercise induced asthma and I always use an inhaler before any type of aerobic activity. That always keeps things in check except in extreme temps. Once I realized I was having difficulties, I started to get freaked out and that only makes things worse. By the end of the race I was wheezing, coughing and not getting full breaths.
Normally I would be upset about my time. I crossed the finish line in 1:17:12 which is by far the slowest 10k I have ever ran but at the end of it all, I was just happy to finish. I know that there will be better races to come. And warmer weather too!