Before the New Year I registered for a 5k race in mid-January. Pro: use the promo code and sign up before the next price increase. Con: It’s Michigan – risk snow, ice, and/or frigid temperatures.
The day before the race we had 4-5 inches of snow. I went to mass in the afternoon and the roads weren’t any better than they were in the morning. Temperatures were expected to drop. That night I decided not to go to the race. Sure, I lost out on some money (I’m not quite sure if it was a charity race, though it’s a safe bet some of it goes to something good…).
When I got up in the morning the temperature was 7 degrees Fahrenheit. I’m not even sure what the wind-chill was. The last time I ran a race in December and it was snowy, it was near miserable as I slowly trudged in sharp snow cutting at your ankles and hobbling like a penguin in spots to avoid falling. I wasn’t about to be this girl here:
I didn’t want to slip and fall from snow or ice. The single-digit temp wasn’t helping. Nor the thought of iced over roads and a long drive made longer. Just wasn’t worth it for me.
Instead, I ran three and quarter easy-going miles on the treadmill watching the tidying show currently trending on Netflix. Then took a warm shower, drank some hot tea, and tracked a few friends running in their races while I crocheted.
When I went out to the grocery store later, the roads were better, but still not great.
What races have you skipped? From injury? Weather deterred you?