Lately, I've been suffering from cold weather cramping when I run and it has made my recent runs rather miserable. When we got home from Canmore this week, I finally remembered to Google for a cure and everything I read about cold weather cramping said it was poor hydration. I forgot to drink my water throughout the day (why, oh why, do I always do that) but I did guzzle a big bottle on the way to the race and had a couple shot blox for fuel.
The race started at 6pm and it was cold (like -16*C cold) The run started with a loop to the west and then came back to figure eight into a loop to the east. I was feeling FANTASTIC and ended up running the entire way - though I had intended to stick to 10:1 and I thought my cramps would force me to do so. No cramps at all! We finished in 32:19. It wasn't my best 5K time, but it definitely wasn't my worst. Had a blast and with the sheer number of people out there wearing their traffic cone coats, the colour started to grow on me. A bit. I'm still going to offset it with plenty of blue, though :P Oh - and I wore my new Sporthill winter tights that I got on sale at MEC for $35 and was cozy warm the whole way!
Here's me with my Saturday runner girls and another of our TNT team mates who was course marshalling:
The verdict? It was a super fun race, even in the cold, and was a great way to wrap up a year with friends by my side! I'll likely do it again next year (if the jacket isn't pink!)