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Date: 2/10/08 1:00PM<br>
Race: Cazenovia Chilly Chili 5K<br>
Goal: Fun Run<br><br>
I loathe 5K’s but this one is literally in my back yard and the party after makes it all worth it (chili cook off and Cooperstown Brewery supplies the refreshment). All proceeds also go to a good cause (Cazenovia Children’s House).<br><br>
Left my house and it was 29 degrees and the sun was shining brightly. Even though the roads were clear and the weather was good I’ve been battling a stubborn case of PF so this was going to be a fun run. I warmed up with about a mile of slow running and then made my way to the Middle School cafeteria. I was sweating and thinking that I was overdressed in a double layer consisting of tech tee’s. Met up with a buddy from work and he introduced me to a gang of folks from my neck of the woods I’d never met and we chatted it up. I was very warm and was glad I didn’t bring the hat.<br><br>
About 15 minutes before the start of the race the weather changed drastically. The snow came, the temperature dropped (to around 17 degrees, I found out later) and the wind picked up (gusting to well over 25 mph). It looked like a white out through the windows of the school. Someone remarked that maybe the windows were of the frosted type. No such luck.<br><br>
We filed out at the last possible moment and I arrived at the starting line about 30 seconds before the start of the race. The once clear pavement now had at least an inch of the slippery white stuff. I was just about at the end of the pack, mixed in with a lot of walkers. No worries though I thought. Fun run.<br><br>
After about a quarter of a mile of walking, bobbing, weaving and more walking, I’d had enough and sought the edges of the road in an attempt to pick up the pace a little. I wasn’t wearing “The Nag” but would put my pace for the first mile well over nine minutes. The feet were feeling okay so I picked up the pace a little for the climb out of town. The wind was brutal and I was cold and wishing I had my shell but there wasn’t much to do now but run. I felt good going up the hill and noticed that I was not being passed by anyone until some young, long legged dude lopped by me leisurely. Except for a wildly steep, short, slippery, downhill section, the second mile was fairly uneventful as we continued to wind our way up and out of town. I was feeling good and picked up the pace a little more as we got to see the leaders coming by on there way back down from the top of the course.<br><br>
I cruised the last mile comfortably and kept passing people in bunches. With the exception of the first ½ mile or so when I was shuffling along in a sea of humanity, I don’t believe that I was passed by anyone but the long legged dude. I crossed the line at 25:37 (8:15 m/m) feeling fresh and not out of breath (a nice feeling after a 5K <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"> ). Not bad, my target was an 8 m/m pace and I've run about 20 miles in the last 3 weeks. Oddly it had stopped snowing. I grabbed my fleece from the truck which I had parked strategically 100 yards from the finish line, grabbed a Gator Aid and ran easily back to the college athletic center for the chili cook off and some adult refreshments. After meeting back up with my new friends and some old ones we sampled several chilis and traded stories. I had to keep trying the beer though because I just couldn’t decide which flavor I liked best…
 

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Nice run dg.<br>
Guess the snow just added to the chilly con carneval atmosphere with the beer and chili ending.<br>
I've just started using Walk-Fits to treat PF - some of the lingering kind and so far I'm seeing some improve. It's a slow affliction if nothing else.<br>
Good Luck<br>
thanks for sharing<br>
jjj
 

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Thanks Jesse. I've got assorted orthotics that I'm trying out and I'm picking up some custom fit ones this week. Fingers crossed.<br><br>
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The weather at the time of the race:<br><br><img alt="" src="http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b125/dg13092/CazBlizard.jpg" style="border:0px solid;">
 

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This race sounds fun, I thought about driving up for it but it was already gusting and snowing like crazy when I got up Sunday morning so I decided against it. Maybe next year.
 

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Nice racing! Chili and beer is sounding pretty good too, although it's sunny here. Nice photo.
 

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dg1, you are one tough runner. I like that winter photo but it must have been miserable to run in it. Chilli and beer sounds wonderful at the finish. Defrost well and take care of that PF. Hope your orthotics will help you.
 

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holy cow! i am not nearly as tough as you in cold weather. brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr. Hope your PF did not rear its ugly head during your race.
 
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