I'm not a huge fan of running in the cold so it is no surprise that the thought of racing in the cold is killing me. I won't lie - I have considered not running many times today, but there are a few reasons to go: I don't know what Boston will be like (but it better be warmer that 24!) and being part of a race team means that there are others that will be out there too. I can't wimp out.
If I have to get in 16 miles tomorrow I might as well do it with some company instead of waiting until later in the afternoon when it will be warmer, but "ice pellets" will be falling from the sky, according to Weather Undergound.
I wanted tomorrow to serve as a gauge for where I'm at for Boston. I was originally hoping to attempt a PR. My speed workouts are feeling good and my body seems to be running faster and stronger than it was last year. Knowing that the temperatures are going to be so low, however, is forcing me to readjust my plans.
I'm not going to go into tomorrow's race expecting a fast time. I'm not even going to attempt it. Maybe it is good that I know this already, because I won't feel bummed when I finish with a slower time. I'll let tomorrow's "race" serve as my tempo workout for the week.
My biggest stress isn't actually the cold itself, it's what to wear. 21 can feel cold or warm depending on the sun (which there won't be tomorrow) and the wind. I know I'll need to wear regular winter mittens because my Raynaud's will totally freeze my hands and I don't want to have to worry about that in the middle of a race. Warm hands equal a happy, and warm, Dani.
In other news, my PR racing singlet came back a few days ago with my Nuun logo printed on it! It's official now - I'm really part of Team Nuun!
I am also really happy to be able to run for Honey Stinger this year. I've been using their products since moving to DC. Usually I have a waffle before a long race (10-milers to marathons) and their gels during longer races. I love knowing that there aren't the same crazy ingredients found in other energy products, and as I've mentioned other times on the blog, I really enjoy munching on something like the waffle, which tastes great and makes me think I'm eating a dessert instead of an energy product.