Runner’s Log: Fireside Frostbite 5-Miler 2016
Event: Fireside Frostbite 5-Miler, Ambler, PA
Date: February 20, 2015
Official Time: 53:43
PERSONAL EVALUATION My first race of 2016 was quite the eye-opener for me, and will serve as much needed motivation to get back in running shape. My first race since the Rock n Roll Half Marathon in Philadelphia last fall, the Fireside Frostbite 5-Miler proved to be much more challenging for me after months — yes, months — of letting running fall out of my routine. This was on me, as this five-mile race was just the third or fourth time I think I have gone out running this calendar year. I knew going in I was not in the shape I would like to be for this race, and I ended up not being happy with my performance one bit.
For the sake of comparison, I looked at my results from this year and last year. I ran this same race in 45 minutes and 52 seconds, which was also in much colder conditions. This is also my sixth five-mile race in my Garmin’s history, and it is the first time I have finished a race of that approximate distance in more than 50 minutes. Not good.
SMASH RUN STATS According to my Smash Run stats, I burned 664 calories during this five-mile race, which they calculate to be about the equivalent of six mozzarella sticks. Too bad later that day I stuffed my face with a couple slices of pizza, tortilla chips and queso, a leftover cranberry Sprite, some pretzels and a mini apple pie dessert and two cupcakes when he had some family over for a game night. Eh, I’ll do better next time, I promise!
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FAVORITE SIGN Unless I was completely oblivious, which is possible, there were not a ton of signs out on the race course this time, and nothing certainly stood out to me. But there were some people dressed like penguins, which appears to be a tradition during this particular race (a penguin is in the race’s logo).
THOUGHTS Despite my poor outing, I do really enjoy this race. There are a good number of hills, which makes it a tough five miles for me, but it is a good challenge and the course is pretty nice. There are stretches running through the town and a stretch through a nice neighborhood (except for the guy who attempted to back out of his driveway with an apparent disregard for runners). Having done this race two years in a row now, I can say it is a well-run race in Ambler and I look forward to doing it again next year.
The race starts and ends at Wissahickon High School, which holds a slight sentimental spot in my heart as it was the home of my first marching band competition in high school. The race is well organized and well managed and they get a solid turnout. There were over 1,000 runners in this year’s race and the price is in the low to mid $30 range. Not bad considering you get a nice long sleeve tech shirt out of it and there is plenty of food afterward once you complete the race. The Fireside Bar & Grille serves up some hot chili and soup. Hatfield also is there to serve runners and volunteers hot dogs and you can even get some sauerkraut if that’s your thing. There were also soft pretzels, tomato pie, carrot and celery sticks, bags of veggie chips, apples and bananas and bottles of water. This race hooks you up with some good food.
NO MEDAL The only way to get a medal in this race is by finishing in the top three in your five-year age bracket. Needless to say, I did not qualify for such an honor. You do get a long-sleeve tech shirt guaranteed if you pre-register, and that is fine for me. In the two years I have done this race, the long-sleeve shirts I have received have been nice.