February’s race was the Sweetheart Run 5K. I ran this race last year with my daughter and a few friends and had a great time. There is also a runners’ expo after the race, so it’s a good time to get discounts on future races, running gear, etc.
This race was originally scheduled for the 10th. Due to a forecast of incoming snow, the race was postponed to the following week. We didn’t get the snow that was forecasted, but it was very cold on the 10th, so I was glad for the week’s delay.
As always I was watching the weather forecast so I’d know what to expect and could prepare for race day. It was forecasted to be about 43 degrees and cloudy at the time of the race. I would need a jacket, earmuffs, and long pants.
When I got up the morning of the race, I again checked the weather. It was as predicted, so I got ready for the race as planned and had a small breakfast. I was ready to walk out the door when my oldest daughter came in through the garage, “You know it’s snowing, right?”
I looked outside. The ground and our vehicles were covered in snow and there were huge snowflakes falling from the sky. I was not prepared for snow.
Lesson #1: Always pop your head outdoors to see what the weather is actually doing while you still have time to make adjustments.
We went on our way. This race was on the other side of town–further away than most of my races. We drove through the mist and wet roads. I remember saying, “I’m not prepared to get wet!”
Lesson #2: Always bring a change of clothes.
Race time came and it was cool and breezy, but at least there wasn’t anything falling from the sky. The pavement was wet, so I was expecting to get wet from the knees down. Then, as we walked up to the start line I got another surprise: this year’s race would be run in reverse of last year’s race.
With running being very much a mental sport, this threw me off. I had checked the route, and it had not been updated in the race information. I started going through the route backwards in my mind.
In the end it was a good race. The weather held out, and I did not end up soaking wet. Most of all, I met my goal: I beat the girl in the pink pants!
Do not rejoice when your enemy falls, And do not let your heart be glad when he stumbles; Proverbs 24:17