It was really really cold this morning, and Bill and I both asked each other if we'd lost our minds, since we were paying for the privilege to head downtown to run and walk 3.1 miles with a bunch of other nuts in 32 degree weather!
It was the usual crew - me, Bill, and daughter Courtney were running/walking. Her S.O. Steve, and her mom and her S.O. Laure' and Tim, with cheerleader bulldog Otis (yea, there are a lot of us) were also present to cheer us all on.
For the inaugural event, the HeartBreaker Half was well-organized! We gathered at World Trade Center 1, where the vendors were set up and tables with portable outdoor heaters were available. We huddled, when we could, around the heaters to try and stay a little warm before the race.
The Half marathon started at 8 a.m., but we didn't have any of our crew running in it. Courtney ran the 10K, I ran the 5K, and Bill walked the 5K. We had different start times and locations, so we were able to see Courtney off on her venture. At 9:00, she took off near the front of the pack, and headed out to the south. After that, we had a half hour to line up for the start of our 5K.
With the sound of the airhorn, we were off. As in the past, we stayed toward the back, hugging the right side, letting the crowd thin out around us without impeding anyone's efforts. The description of the run (there was no map available) said the first 1.15 mile was a gentle uphill. Perhaps we want to discuss the nuance of 'gentle' LOL It wasn't a drastic uphill, true, but I don't have a lot of experience with hills (yet) so it was a struggle going out. I walked more than I intended that first mile, but by the time I reached the mile 1 marker, I was on a 14 mm pace. Awesome!
Then, I came face to face with why they call it the HeartBreaker. 0.1 of a mile worth of hill, straight up. Yea, I walked it LOL But once I reached the top, I took a bit to catch my breath, then got back into my interval running.
Turns out, running in 32 degree weather was worth it!
NAME RACE # Chip TIME Chip PACE DIV OVERALL
Candace Bailey 5282 0:42:52 13:48 22 / 27
In case the c&p loses the spacing, that says that my chip time was 42:52 minutes, which equals a 13:48 pace. Yea, I cried when I read that. I thought I'd done well, around a 14.5 pace or so, but that just blew me away. I'm thrilled with this progress from last Dec., when I ran my first 5K in 45.
The rest of the run was downhill, so I'm sure that balanced out the amount of walking I did heading up the hill. It was pretty cool to head back down Naito, past the place I'd ordinarily turn in to head to work, watching the traffic get backed up while we finished. I felt for the drivers, unaware as I'm sure they were, that they would be held up for quite some time before they could go on their way.
The other awesome thing about the HeartBreaker is the fact that everyone - half-marathoner, 10Ker, and 5Ker - received a medal for finishing.
Admittedly, I'm thrilled all the way around - with my time, with having a good time, and getting bling for it - has been a great experience. I'll definitely be back to the HeartBreaker. Next time, the 10K!