Run for the Parks 2014 10K Recap
In 2013 I ran the Run for the Parks 10K in early November. To read all about that experience check out my review here. I decided since I enjoyed the race last Fall, I would run the race again. The race took place on November 2, 2014. It’s a nice, simple out and back course. The race is put together by a local running store, Potomac River Running. This year’s race, was a little different. I don’t live biking distance from the start and it was super cold. Okay maybe not super cold, but it’s not quite summer anymore.
I picked up the packet the day before at the Tysons Store. I ran in grabbed my bib, commemorative race pin (how fun!), and the half zip. One of the things this race is know for is providing a top notch premium. This year did not disappoint. The half zip is quite nice.
Race Morning my hubby dropped me off near the start cause we could not find decent walkable parking. While digging through the trunk for a water, I hit my head. So that kind of sucked. Then I make my way over the start and it is COLD. However, I know I warm up quickly while running so I chose to forgo the hat and gloves. Turned out to be a smart decision later but made for an extra chilly start.
Eventually we start. I run. It’s fine. There really wasn’t anything too exciting going on. There was a water stop at the turn around of mile 3.1 ish. It was pretty. I was moving pretty slowly because I just couldn’t get into a good rhythm then became unexpectedly nauseous. So I took my time. the last 2 miles were a pretty solid headwind that was whipping my face. So that was less than pleasant. Overall, it was fine. I don’t know if I would do it again. This is the type of race, that when the weather is a wonderful fall day, it’s straight up majestic. However, when it’s cold, windy, and my head it pounding from just whacking it on a trunk… it’s less than ideal.
Are you ready for winter running? What’s your favorite winter accessory? What’s your favorite thing about running in the winter?