In order to keep warm in the freezing cold I wore many layers of clothing. In order to not overheat while running 13.1 miles, i piled on clothes designed for running. Please note the layering as I got ready to leave at 6:45am on Sunday.
LAYER 1: UNDER ARMOR
LAYER 2: LONG-SLEEVED RUNNING SHIRT & RUNNING SHORTS
(shorts required because I needed waist-level pockets!)
LAYER 3: RACE SHIRT AND SWEATS
I also wore gloves which were totally essential. The race outfit held up well and did the trick. The sweats had a hard time staying on my hips because of all the other layers of clothing underneath them, but they didn't slide down and trip me up so it was all good. The race overall went very well. I wanted to finish in under 2 hours and be at a 9 minute pace and I managed to finish in a 8:50/mile pace. I actually ran the second half of the race faster than the first half, which never happens. Perhaps my legs were too numb from the cold to feel the strain as I ran faster. I also must give some credit to Kelly Clarkson, because her new single came on my playlist at a very fortuitous leg of the race that was not hilly and I charged ahead to her infectious beat right around the notoriously difficult mile 8, and gave myself some time to spare when tackling the very hilly Mile 10. Overall it was a very positive run and I'm glad I'm back in running mode. The one thing I forgot though, was just how effing hungry I get after running one of those long races. I need for every 2-3 hours for days afterward otherwise i get severe hunger pains. It gave me a perfect reason to treat myself to a Milkshake from Goodburger today. Oh Milkshakes... how I've missed you!