So much for a beautiful spring day. The weather forecast called for rain and gusty wind, but luckily the wind held off until the afternoon. During the race it was 40 degrees and raining.
I didn't warm up at all mostly because I was trying to stay dry as long as possible. Of the 1400+ people who signed up for the race, only 700+ were actually crazy enough to come out and run. The first couple of miles were comfortable and then, at mile 3, I looked at my time and saw 22:46 - on par with running close to 45 minutes for the 10K. Until this point, I wasn't planning to even get close, but I decided to keep up whatever it was I was doing and see what happened.
The long climb on Columbia Road took me by surprise - I really only prepared myself for the 108 hill. By the time I reached the traffic light at Centennial Park, I wanted to throw up (seriously) but the wonderful police officer directing traffic there made me smile and I continued on my way. The finish line seemed to be far off when I made the final turn onto Little Patuxent Parkway, but I managed to comfortably cross the line and somehow get my chip off. My mom had to re-tie my shoes for me though because my hands were too cold.
I was dressed perfectly for the weather and didn't feel like any of my clothes weighed me down even with all of the water. Hurray for my Cannondale waterproof cycling jacket!
All of the volunteers out there were terrific - it was nice to know that they showed up despite the miserable weather. I'm hoping to break the 45 minute mark soon - but in a sunnier, warmer 10K!