Set my alarm for 7:55 am and was on the road by 8. (i am very much a roll out of bed and go for shorter races). I did make the decision to wear my Target Champion tights b/c i couldn't find my Under Armor ones in the move. Sadly, i was pretty bummed as they definitely weren't as warm.
Drive down was easy and got to Montrose Harbor by 8:30am. It is always tricky parking at Montrose b/c it is free parking which is GREAT but I always struggle when to commit to park or try to be greedy and get closer. Found a good one and committed right after the bridge. Saw a lot of people sitting in their cars and decided to follow their lead. Waited till 8:55 and then made my way over the start. As I was heading over, heard they delayed race by 10 minutes. Not exactly sure why but opted to run back to my car and take advantage of the net 7 minutes to stay warm.
SIDENOTE: i realized going back to the car kept my toes warm and didn't allow them to get too cold which made my run more enjoyable. Nothing is more annoying that having frozen toes and taking a mile to get the feeling back.
At 9:05, ran back over to the race and saw two friends at the start. Said our hellos and then i proceeded to put myself in the middle of the pack. Race started at 9:10 with a "modified" version of the National Anthem... and we were off. Course pretty straight forward. The first .25-.40 miles had some distinctive patches of ices with snow on them which made for sub-optimal conditions. We went slow and and talked to a few others I knew on the course. First mile was 12 minutes with the second two being 10 minute miles. Felt good even with the conditions.
not a half like in January" Continued to click away and average 11 minute miles for the last three. Saw a friend who was being an overachiever and running another few miles post race and was excited to hear he got 3rd overall!