Monday, November 17, 2014

Race Recap: Clause Cause 10K

I signed up for the Clause Cause with the expectation I could PR. I have been focusing on half marathons this year and already beat my 10K time at all of them. Still, I don't count it as officially unless it's an actual 10K race. My current PR is from last year's Clause Cause.

I wasn't feeling optistic leading up to the race, though, since we had recently had a lot of snow and the forecast was calling for more of the white stuff, high winds and temperatures in the -20's. I prefer to run on the treadmill when it's cold and icy!

I woke up at 6:30 and immediately checked the forecast.


Okay, so it was going to be cold! 

Running in cold weather is all about layering. I knew I would be wearing most of my favourite cold weather running gear. I threw on my lulu leggings (speed tights) and then an under armour t-shirt and two long-sleeved lulu tops and, finally, my running jacket. I also wore TWO things on my head---- a headband and then a lulu toque that has a ponytail
holder. I also had two pairs of socks on and a pair of gloves that I stuffed with "hot hands." I threw a buff around my neck, at the last minute, so I could pull it up over my mouth and nose if necessary. 


Or, and for good luck, I also sported last year's tutu! 

The race started at 9am. There was parking about 1km away so I warmed up by jogging to the starting area.

At 9:01, we were off!


The race took us along gravel and paved paths in the river valley. The snow held off
so we only had to deal with some icy sections and deer (yes, at one point, three ran out in front of some of us!)


At the 1K mark, my music stopped. I took off my gloves to grab it and saw the warning that my phone was too cold and couldn't operate. So, I had no music and no idea how fast I was running for the rest of the race!  I really am hoping the first item from my "What To Buy A Runner For Christmas" is under the tree this year so I can always know my pace hahaha!!;)

The 5 and 10K runners stayed together until the 4K mark and then the 10K'ers did another mini loop, and an out-and-back section, before heading to the finish line. It was a great course and a nice change from last year's double loop (my least favourite!!) 

I actually had a blast this race! I never felt like I was working too hard and I was never cold! I did get a little warm around the 8k mark but was fine for two more Kilometers. I would have dropped one, or both, of my long sleeves if it was a half marathon!

I felt like I was having a good race but nothing too crazy. was shocked to come around the final bend and see the finishers clock at 54 minutes!!! 

Official Time: 54:13
3rd in my category (30-39F)
5th female

I love the awards! I didn't eat mine this year ;)



Overall, I'm pretty pumped about a new PR! I am definitely signing up for a spring 10K to see how fast I can race in some better conditions! For now, I have my last race of the season to get ready for! I'm doing a half marathon at the end of the month!

Did anyone else race this weekend? How did it go?
Are you training for something?
What's something you always wear when running in cold weather?




16 comments:

  1. I did a training run of 13 this weekend. I was complaining about he cold in atlanta, it was wind chill 21F no thread of snow though. Once you figure out WHAT to wear the cold is not so bad. I ran with a friend and took it slow, felt great afterwards.

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    1. I agree! It's all about figuring out your layers! I was actually pretty warm. Bringing something warm and dry to change in to is also pretty smart :)

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  2. I am impressed at how hard core you are! I refuse to run if it's colder than -5 out. Ha ha ha!

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    1. Awww, thanks lady!!! I'm too cheap to not run a race I paid for :P

      I'll be on the treadmill most of the winter now!!

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  3. Amazing job! So proud of you for going even though the conditions were terrible and then PRing. You're amazing.
    I haven't been able to get my running mojo back since the marathon but this makes me want to work on my PR's, thanks for some motivation.

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    1. You totally called my PR!! Thanks for your support!!!

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  4. Wow, great job!! I was complaining about running my 5k race in 26 degrees! I can't imagine! Congrats on the PR!

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    1. Thank you!! Yes, it was chilly but it's all about finding the right clothes and layering properly :)

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  5. You're such an inspiration! Great job lady!

    I haven't ran since the snow and cold hit. I'm really not looking forward to it.

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  6. Brrrr that sounds chilly!! Congrats on the PR! That's wicked!!
    I need to get one of those neck buffs. Where did you get yours?

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    1. I got mine at the local runner store. They're Buff Bands and some are warmer than others. They do come in LOTS of different colours too! :)

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  7. Congratulations on a great race friend!

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    1. Thank you hun!! (Sorry, finally finding time to reply to comments now!!) xx

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  8. I'm such a wimp so "cold" for me is like 50 and I probably will not run in anything colder. But gloves are my must-have accessory. Seriously, my legs can be fine in shorts, but my fingers will feel like they are about to fall off.

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    1. You're not a wimp! I love the treadmill in the winter but refuse to miss out on races I pay for hahahaha! I NEED gloves too (and hand warmers!!)

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  9. Gratz on the PR!! I ran my second half this weekend at Rock 'n' Roll Las Vegas and PRed as well ^_^ Yay us!

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