First race of the year! Woohooo, it’s only been 23 days since my last ‘race’ yet it feels like it’s been so much longer.
Today was the Amana Colonies Winterfest, one of the events at the festival is the Freezer 5k. 2016 is the second year in a row I have run this event, both years the weather has been decent for January in Iowa. At race time the temperature was about 21 degrees and sunny. It was cool enough that I felt sluggish early on due to being cold at the start, that’s okay I picked up speed the further I ran. Negative splits are always nice, I ended the race with a course PR as well as a PR at the 5k distance. We are not talking just any PR, but one of more than 2 minutes! I credit the PR to all the training I am doing for Phoenix in February, so excited to see the hard work paying off.
The course is relatively flat, it does have a few small hills as it turns around in East Amana. After the race there are plenty of events that take place throughout the day as a part of the overall Festival. Ham-Put seemed to be very popular, an event where participants see how far the can throw a ham, shot-put style. One of my favorites is the Open Fire Chili, the opportunity to enjoy chili made by the Amana Fire Department while standing around an open fire.