My 5th run of the year was January 18 in Forest Park in St. Louis, MO. I honestly hadn’t run more than 3 miles since my December run (almost 2 months :/), so I was a little nervous about how this run would turn out. All in all, my finishing time was almost the exact same as December. It was bitterly cold and windy, so I am pretty happy with how I ran.
- Finished: 02:09:33
- Average pace: 9:53/mile
- Overall: 303 of 444 (68%)
- Gender: 108 of 192 (56%)
- Age Group (25-29): 20 of 23 (87%)
I was actually pretty happy to stay close to home for this race. It is always better when you have your own routine the morning of the race and don’t have to worry about where you are going or what you are going to eat.
My biggest fan, my mom, drove me to my race and since this run only took place in Forest Park, she would get to see me multiple times during the run by just camping out in one place. There are good and bad to races like that. Running in circles isn’t the most fun, but I did have a cheering section much more often.
There weren’t many people at this race (444), because who wants to run in the middle of winter in the Midwest, right? Logistically it did make it easier to get to the race, which also meant I didn’t have to stand out in the cold for very long to wait for the start.
There were no road closures for this race, so it all took place in the park. This meant about 3 loops of the same course and making sure you weren’t going to get run over by a car. Since it was so windy that morning, it also meant half of the race you were running against the wind. The last mile and a half I literally felt like I was running place because the wind was coming at me so hard. I felt pretty good for most of the run though.
In addition to my mom, my dad and sister, Laura, came to cheer me on at the finish line. I have felt so much love at each and every race because of my amazing support system that shows up every run, even in the freezing cold, to cheer me on. ❤
February’s run in down south, in Fort Worth, TX with my college roommate Bre! Bring on the sun!