"I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)" by The Proclaimers
After running in beautiful weather here in Michigan on Monday and Tuesday, the conditions worsened over the end of the week. By Saturday in Wisconsin, the weather dawned cold, crisp, and windy.
I think I would have been fine if the weather had been cold, but it was the biting wind that really made me nervous. As a result, my planned running gear changed. I wore capris leggings, yoga pants, a turtleneck long-sleeved tech shirt, my long sleeve lightweight hoodie, and a workout jacket with hood. I also packed my ski hat, because I'm a wuss.
"Silhouette" by KANA-BOON
I've heard that you should plan your running clothes based on temperatures 20 degrees warmer than it actually is. But on the morning of the race I end up scoffing that notion and wearing an extra layer. This time around it was that jacket.
My morning breakfast was a bit different from a normal run. I usually go with crunchy peanut butter toast, but this time I had a bacon-egg sandwich. I didn't even realize that my normal routine was different until I started eating the thing!
"Scherzo for X-Wings" by John Williams
I arrived on campus of Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary at 9 when the race was at 10:15. My brother was working the event and said there were about 250 preregistered racers. This was the smallest run I've ever done so far! (And even then, it might be beaten in two weeks. Stay tuned.)
Inside our registration bags was a very nice t-shirt (not meant for running), several promotional materials for WLS, race instructions, the bib (with chip timer) and safety pins, and a map of the course. I immediately took it to my car because that's just a habit of mine, but most people were putting all their stuff on tables in the gym or in a corner area.
"Left Hand Free" by alt-J
We hung out in the gymnasium and watched racers come in to register. There was one school running group that drove up from Milwaukee, and I hope that is inspiring for other schools in the area to do the same. It's such a nice campus!
The kids' race was at 10, and it was just a 1/2 mile run around the main campus area. It didn't take long for the kids to come around the bend and finish the race. The age range was elementary school kids all the way down to a kid that couldn't have been older than 3!
"The Martyr" by Yasuharu Takanashi
The main 5K started in one of the parking lots. They had several photographers, someone doing a Facebook Live post, and even a drone doing a flyover. In no time at all, we were off!
In my run-walk method it is hardest to slow down for that first walk because everyone is still energetic and going maybe a bit too fast. But I did - at least until they came along with a camera that was doing Facebook Live, and then I was running again!
"I Love It" by Icona Pop
We did a loop around the campus and wandered through the professor's neighborhood before turning into a Mequon residential area. I was thinking we'd be weaving through streets for the rest of the non-campus time, but I forgot that the Ozaukee Interurban Trail goes right through town. It was a very nice flat route which was great as we went through Mile 2.
It was this time where I was regretting wearing that third layer. Sometimes it was nice, like when the wind was going at my face. But most of the time, I just wanted to rip the jacket off and leave it behind.
"Hero's Come Back!!" by Junichi Sakamoto
Unfortunately, there was only one sticky part to the route: the entrance back up to the Seminary. It's quite a hill. But the students know this problem, so they fill the driveway up with chalk messages. It was the first time I'd been rooted on in the Greek language!
We went around the campus one more time before ending under the arch. The rain stayed away, and the weather didn't get truly gross until after they'd served lunch in the gymnasium.
"Uptown Funk" by Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars
I thought that the lunch was going to be hot dogs and chips but it ended up being pulled pork - pork, which my brother made sure to mention, that was smoked for 12 hours the night before and then pulled apart by the Seminarians. They also had bananas, granola bars, chips, and Gatorade.
The biggest negative of the day was the weather. Otherwise, the day was a nice way to get together at the Seminary and enjoy the lovely campus and surrounding area!
Next race: Saturday's Run for the Buds