The Frostbite Prediction Run was Saturday, held in the same location as last year -- and even the same distance (that's 5-K, Vanilla). And just like last year, despite the significantly warmer weather (hello, shorts), the race course was covered in snow, ice and slush.
A prediction run is where the winner is the person who comes closest guessing his finish time. Last year, I knew the guy who won; he nailed his prediction exactly. He was 15 seconds off this year, and didn't even crack the top 20. That's how close you have to be.
During the race, no timing devices are allowed. That means no watches, no Garmins, no heart rate monitors, no GPS devices, no sun dials and no music players. You techno geeks would be screwed.
As you can guess, your splits are not called out. The race organizers even covered up the one side of the clock so that you couldn't see the time until after you crossed the finish. So unless you can calculate your pace by looking at the position of the sun, you have to go by feel.
Last week, I predicted 27:40. That meant I had to run comparatively slow for a 5-K. The ice was almost a blessing because it slowed me down. And thankfully, I forgot to bring my YakTrax. Despite all that, I was still 50 seconds too fast. However, that is my closest prediction yet.
After being sick this week and not being able to run, I had no mileage until Friday, when I ran three miles to knock off the rust. I ran the race Saturday. And then, Sunday I ran a 10-miler, my first double-digit mileage of the year. Sixteen miles in three days? No sweat.
This weekend, I tried Dogfish Head's Red & White, a Belgian-style wheat beer fermented with Pinot Noir juice. It has what Bud Light would call "drinkability," but what would Bud Light know about that?
The Red & White has a very fruity undertone, as you might expect from a beer brewed with orange peel and wine grape juice, but at 10 percent ABV it also has punch. I would love to have it again, but it's a tad costly (as most limited brews are). I paid $12.99 for a 750 ml bottle.