Pyrrhic Victory

I knew that today was just going to be The Best Race Ever when I saw a few snowflakes fall at ~7:30 AM.  Between that and the gusting winds, my Spider Sense told me that some major memory-making was in order.

I got to catch-up with Andrea and Jess in the pre-race porta-potty line, which did WONDERS to calm my jitters.  We all went to high school together and when Andrea read that I was training for the Lake Minnetonka Half Marathon, she let me know that they were running it as well so we could catch-up at the race!

And, she agreed to send me a couple of snaps for The Blog.

I kind of love that she used a button-down flannel-type shirt as a toss shirt. I watched WAY too many racers struggle today getting that first layer off and it was just not encouraging stuff.

Andrea is in the front and Jess is the girl in the matching shorts behind her. God, I wish I had the energy to make a mid-run leap today 😉

I?  Was not playing the part of The Joyful Runner today.

This is the most enthusiasm and spirit I could muster for a victory shot.

I ran an injury-free race.  I didn’t have to go to the bathroom during the race.

I PR-ed in a big way.  I kept on reminding myself that ANY PR is a good PR, but I really wanted to finish the race in 2:05.  I finished in 2:02:01.  Which means I beat my last time by over 10 minutes!

But it was basically a Pyrrhic Victory.  I never got warmer (if anything, I got colder).  The finish line was in the middle of a soggy playing field that had been absolutely torn to shreds by the first wave of runners, leaving a muddy mess that I had to action high knees to get through (hello, that is NOT the way you should be finishing a race!).

Thankfully they didn't get totally covered. I'm letting them air-out for the time being, in the hopes that I'll be able to scrape/brush most of the grime off tomorrow.

Once I crossed the finish line, I realized that it had become physically painful to breathe (I suppose two hours of running in freezing temperatures will do that to you).  In short, I felt like I got hit by  steamroller.

I’m glad I ran this morning, because now I know that I won’t wonder What if? which obviously would have been the case if I had hopped on the treadmill instead.  And I know that regardless of what the conditions are, I am physically and mentally able to have an amazing race.

For the record?  I DO NOT plan on making a habit out of this.

What’s the worst race you’ve ever run conditions/situation-wise?

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22 responses to “Pyrrhic Victory

  1. OMG. So proud of you and your COMPLETE badassery. You = total badass. You earned your induction today into “the club”. The worst race I’ve ever run was my very first 5k. Nevermind the pre-race anxieties off the chart, my foot landed in a 3-foot deep pothole in the first 1/4 mile of the race. I ran my very first ever 5k with a soggy wet foot, and it was in January – probably 0 degrees? Complete with snotsickles. Sounds just about that miserable this morning, but you PB’ed, and your next race will just be THAT much better!! Again – SO proud.

  2. You ARE a badass! I’m impressed that having seen snowflakes you didn’t crawl back into your warm bed. 13.1 miles is a long way. Way to go!

  3. Congratulations on setting a new PR. Snow flakes in May, you gotta be kidding.

  4. Good job lady!! Looks like y’all had a lot of fun 🙂

    the flannel shirt is genius.

  5. I am bowing down to your time- especially running in the snow! God, I can’t even imagine. I’m so glad you did the race, because now you’ll never have to wonder ‘what if’. That is a hell of a PR!!

    The worst conditions I’ve ever run in were my first 5k. I hadn’t trained at all, so I ended up walking most of it in a downpour that I think set records for California. My pants were so wet they started falling off at the finish line!

  6. So awesome that you not only ran this morning, but you beat your goal time! Awesome! You should be very proud :} Go you!

  7. Despite your sour face you did awesome!! Finished in a time you were proud of and finished!!!!!!! Congrats girly 🙂

  8. My worst race was the Fourth of July, when a couple of chili dogs kicked in during the fireworks. I had to run across a really large parking lot to Super Target to find a restroom. Your story is SO MUCH MORE INSPIRATIONAL! Congrats on not only getting through it in tough (read: freezing) circumstances, but setting a new personal record. That photo of you in the car wrapped in a blanket made me want to give you a hug and a venti mocha latte. I’m so proud of you.

  9. WAY to go, girl! Congrats on the PR 😀

  10. Awesome on the PR! It stinks that it was so tough on you though.
    I’m loving those polka dot shorts she has on, so cute!
    All I have to say is that you did it, you rocked it, and you should feel proud! Plus, the terrible conditions just should make the success that much more sweet, if not in the moment.

  11. I have to admit, I would have looked out the window and rolled back over and gone back to sleep. I am very impressed with your strength. You rock!

  12. Look at you! Congratulations on not only getting through the tough race but getting a great time too!

  13. wow im always impressed with people who do races. congrats!!!

  14. Dave Anderson

    Congrats on toughing it out.

    Two way tie for worst conditions I’ve raced in:
    1. Senior year section CC meet. It was 30 degrees with a 20 mile per hour wind so they postponed the meet a day. Then it was 30 degrees with a 30 mile per hour wind. Of course it was at Lake Nokomis so there was no wind break.

    2. Twin Cities marathon in 2008 (I think that was the year). <40 degrees, with a strong wind and pouring rain. At one point I had to stop using the water stops since my arms/hands got so cold I lost feeling in them and couldn't grip a cup anymore. To top it off I spent the entire lakes portion of the race wondering if I was going to be killed by the lightning. Good times.

  15. Way to go! That is awesome and you are such a trooper. I can’t imagine how daunting that seemed at the start. You did AMAZING!

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  17. Matthew Rantala

    Wow! A 10 minute PR in those conditions? Awesome.

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  19. Fantastic! I’m so proud of you, even though I’ve just found your blog. I’m running my second half marathon in the end of June, so we’ll see how that goes 🙂

  20. I am wayyy late on this, but congrats on the PR and surviving the terrible conditions!

    I actually thought of you and my neighbor (who also ran it) on Sunday morning and hoped for the best for all.

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