On Thanksgiving I started off the day with a Turkey Trot 10k in my Five Finger shoes. (I know it’s way past Thanksgiving time, but everyone can take away the value of maintaining a fitness regimen during the holiday season.) I’ve been breaking my Five Fingers in slowly, increasing a mile or less at a time.
On race day it was about 40º F, I thought I had dressed appropriately…
…I wore compression pants, sports bra, dry weave t-shirt, dry-weave long sleeve shirt, vest (that came in the race goody bag), gloves and a hat. I stood around outside waiting for the race to start for about an hour. I thought I was freezing. I was worried about my toes and body before the run, my mind started to go into a mild panic and I began to have thoughts like, “maybe this was a bad idea,” “what if my toes are numb the whole way,” “I should have never worn these stinking Five Fingers,” “I should turn around and go home.” I guess you can call that pre-race jitters, I get these each and every time I race.
Well, there was no need to panic because after the first 10 minutes of running, everything warmed up and I was sweating. I think I had put on just enough layers to stay comfortable and my toes were just fine.
A few tips for those of you doing cold weather racing:
• Dress for 20º warmer than it actually is
• Your toes will warm up if you’re wearing Five Fingers once you get moving (in 40º weather)
• If you’re running with a buddy and their race starts first, don’t check your bag with them
As for race results, I did some personal bests!
Mile: 9:12 (that’s 30 seconds faster than any mile pace I’ve ever run)
My next race isn’t until the end of February, I’m doing the Hustle up the Hancock. My goal is to beat last year’s time of 20:30.
Is anyone doing any cool races this winter? I don’t know about you, but I love the challenge of a winter run.