Double races: what better way to bid farewell to the old and ring in the New Year? That’s exactly what we did New Year’s Eve of this year with Cadence Double Dash (and thank my friend for the awesome idea!) The last 5K of 2015 was held at 10:30 pm, followed by a break, then at 12:15, we ran again to finish the first 5K of 2016.
I arrived early so I volunteered to help with race registration and T Shirts. It was very cold, in the 20’s and windy. I was beginning to think this would be a long night. Once the registrations were complete I went to find my friends huddled under an outdoor portable propane heater and we waited for the first race to start. I was bundled up in several layers, including gloves and an ear warmer, which I never took off. I wore my fuel belt with the blue flashy light for fun and so I would be more visible in the dark.
The first race went fairly well, although me feet were numb from the cold the whole time. The good news is the wind died down just in time for the race. The course was laid out through a new residential development and dark in some places, but well marked and completely barricaded from traffic, which was nice. This was a local feel with a small field of 50 to 60 participants. It was weird running this late at night and I wanted to save some energy for the next race so I didn’t go all out. I ended up finishing in 32:38, which was good enough for 2nd place in my age group. I’ll take it! I hardly ever win age group awards, except in smaller races when there isn’t as much competition.
The waiting period between races was pretty uncomfortable due to the cold, wind picking back up, and wet clothes from sweat, but we did our best to stay warm with hot beverages (I brought tea). The race provided soup, hot chocolate and coffee. They also had set up portable propane heaters to help with staying warm. They had a short awards ceremony followed by countdown to midnight and we had an excellent view of the fireworks on the strip.
The second race, the First 5K of 2016, was a lot of fun as well. It was the same course, only run backward. Although we did shiver a bit while waiting for the second race to start, I was happy that I could at least feel my feet again and happy to report that my plantar faciitis did not bother me a bit. I ran well enough for the first 2 miles, then sort of petered out. I finished in 34:18, 2 minutes slower, but good enough to finish second in my age group again. The funny thing is that the first and third place finishers switched places, but I held a solid second. LOL.
Overall, it was a good time and a great way to begin the new year.
Photo credit: http://cadencenv.com/1566-2/