Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Bowlegs 5K

This year I have decided to run 14 races in 2014. The only difference between this year and last year is I will be including races of all distances! The first of those races came this past weekend at the Billy Bowlegs 5K. This race is held annually at the FSU/FAMU College of Engineering. 

The Bowlegs 5K benefits a scholarship fund within the College of Engineering. I love supporting all things FSU, including academics. Crystal and I decided to run this race at the last minute. As the week progressed we realized the weather was going to be a little colder than we hoped for but we agreed to run regardless of the temps. 

Saturday morning came along and the temps were in low 30's, actually it was 27 at the start. Before you roll your eyes and laugh at us, remember that's cold for us Florida girls. We grabbed our gloves, bondi bands and running jackets then headed to the start line. The race started right one time, always a good thing! 

The race course took us through the Innovation Park area of FSU's campus. It was a great course, very hilly but fun. I appreciated the areas with direct sunlight as it helped me battle the chilly temps a little better. I did have to walk up one of the bigger hills, my legs just felt tight! That tightness didn't stop me from grabbing a PR to kickoff the 5K racing season. I finished with a time of 27:36, an average pace at 8:48. Clearly the cold weather makes me move  a tad faster!! 

As you can see we were bundled up but still smiling!! 

Crystal and I with our friend Kim. 
She hates the cold even more than we do!! 

Sole Sisters 

This 5K provided the perfect opportunity to test my cold weather running gear. Our BadassBabes crew is heading to Altanta for the Hot Chocolate 15/5K this weekend. The race temps will rival the temps from Saturday. I think based on my last few cold weather running experiences I am prepared with the correct gear. Thankful for my Nike compression pants and my YMX long sleeve top!! 

Be on the lookout for a Hot Chocolate update next week! 

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