Hello all! Before I begin I would like to extend a bunch of thank yous to everyone who gave me words of support and encouragement through this difficult time. That support means a lot!
Anyway, getting back to running has been difficult. I haven’t found my groove yet and I hope I will soon because my first half of the season is coming up quick.
Shamrock Run 2015
Saturday March 7th, 2015
Old First Ward
This was the first year that I participated in this race so I didn’t know what to expect. I do enjoy doing a new course because it makes the run fresh and exciting.
The day was windy and cold which I should have expected here in Buffalo in March. The temperature never got above 25 and the wind made it much colder. Because it is in the historic Old First Ward, a predominately Irish community, the prerace refreshments were water and, if you choose, a glass of Guinness beer.
The race setting was very industrial. That part of Buffalo has a lot of industry so the entire route were city streets. This was made slightly treacherous due to some pot holes next to manhole covers and water department access holes.
I was warned ahead of time that this was an extremely hilly course. The first hill (and all the hills for that matter) were overpasses of some kind. The first one came right before the mile one marker. I attacked each hill but by the fourth overpass my legs were feeling it. I slowed down going up starting with the fourth one but made up for the time by sprint down the other side. Not a great way of doing things but it worked for me at the time. I counted six overpasses but there may have been one or two more. I really have to do more hill work.
There were over 3500 people at this race. Even the Hanson Brothers made an appearance.
I wanted to finish in under an hour and I did at 56:16. I was pleased with my results so far.
What races have you done so far? What was your coldest race?