Sunday, February 3, 2013

Groundhog Day 8K - February 2, 2013

While that Pennsylvania rodent was inquiring about his shadow, my friend Monica and I were tackling our second 8K together in Yukon, Oklahoma.  Although beautiful, sunny and clear, the temperature was frigid and layers were necessary; however, a little over halfway through the run, I was forced to start peeling off bits and pieces of my clothes.

Over the past few weeks I had been somewhat training for this run by increasing my treadmill miles.  My efforts were not in vain, as my time decreased by 8 minutes from my first 8K.  EIGHT minutes...that is an incredible feat.  I am currently in fifth place of the 2013 Frozen Nose Series--down three spots from my first race--and I couldn't be happier.  My final race is in two weeks, the Queen of Hearts 10K, so I better lace up those Mizunos and git-git!

On a somber note, I would like to reflect on a man that ran the Groundhog 8K yesterday morning.  I do not know his age or the specifics surrounding the event, but between 2K and 3K he somehow collapsed to the ground and the paramedics performed CPR on him for awhile--to no avail.  This man, who I imagine woke up optimistic about running a race, did not get up from the ground and my thoughts and prayers are with his family.