Start the year of right. Run a 5k race January 1st.
It sounded like a great idea at the time. Several friends were signing up, so I joined them. It fit well with my current training plan, and since I ring in the New Year based on London time (yes they are 4 hours ahead of me, yes I was in bed by 9:00), I didn’t see any downfall. It even had the most decent start time of 11:00 for the revelers who celebrate in their own time zone.
What I failed to factor in was the weather. Silly me.
I woke up to a torrential downpour with the rain driving sideways. The saving grace was that the temperature was at least on the plus side. But still… it was going to be a very soggy run. After some texting back and forth with Jody while each of us hinted at not going, I finally got my act together and out the door. We waited in the car till the very last second, but even so, I was drenched before I even started.
Once your wet, your wet and there is nothing to do but keep going, so I did. The rain did taper off after a while and I was actually too warm in my jacket. It was a nice run along a beautiful trail, but had the unfortunate layout of ending with a steep uphill incline to the finish. Never my favorite way to end a race.
What matters most is that I started the New Year off on the right foot with 5k on the books.