February 6, 2018
My last blog post was about racing glitches. Today’s post is about racing dilemmas; specifically, dealing with winter weather. I know there are people who take the winter off from participating in outdoor races and, while I definitely understand the reasoning, I am not one of them. In fact, quite the opposite is true: I probably like racing in winter more than any other time of year. My favorite racing company is Five Star NTP. They host races every weekend in the winter, beginning with a New Year’s Day 5k. Most of their winter races are annual ones and I enjoy returning to the familiar locations in January/February to do the Freakin’ Freezin’ 5k, Surf & Sun 5k and the Great Valentine Races, to name a few.
This has been a very cold winter in northern Georgia, beginning with an unusual snowfall in December that lasted for almost a week. Several of those Saturday morning races occurred in sub-freezing temperatures. They tested my resolve. I have enjoyed, however, adding some new colder weather gear to my running wardrobe and, believe me, I’ve needed every bit of it! The good thing is that none of the races so far have had rain, just cold. Don’t you just hate running in the rain? To me, it’s miserable!
This leads me to my current racing dilemma. Five Star has 2 races this weekend: Saturday is the CASA Super Hero 5k and Sunday is the Great Valentine Race 5k/10k. I have done the Valentine Race since 2012 and want to do it again this year. The dilemma? The weather forecast is 100% thunderstorms all day Sunday. Saturday’s forecast is a little better, with only a 30% chance of rain in the afternoon. So…if I’m signing up for only 1 race, do I go with the one that has the better weather or take my chances on a race I really want to do, but may be totally miserable doing? Or worse yet…Don’t do Saturday’s race & the Sunday race gets cancelled due to thunderstorms. Then I will be without race this weekend, for the 1st time since 2018 began!
I know this dilemma is not newsworthy by any means and in the overall scheme of life, this is not a problem. I am very much aware of how fortunate I am, at 61 years old to be healthy enough to run at all. Having said that, I was told your blog subject should be something you have any interest in, know about, and are currently involved in. Right now, as I sit here, I am currently involved in deciding which of these 2 races to sign up for today. What a wonderful dilemma!
UPDATE February 12, 2018: I signed up for the Saturday CASA race since it was the day with the least chance of severe weather. It ended up being cold and rainy, absolutely miserable. On the up side, I ran into a couple of friends I hadn’t seen in several years and only keep up with on Facebook. It’s so nice to see friends IRL!
I woke up Sunday morning to no rain & went to the Great Valentines 5k. It was cloudy with a nice breeze and I won 1st Overall Female Master. Moral of the story: Go with your gut and don’t trust the weather forecast!