The NYRR races always have water stations (or "fluid stations" as they call them) spread throughout the course. Today there were 4 stations on this course that you hit 2 times each. Some had just water, some had Gatorade and water. At the first water station I grabbed a cup and there was a lovely film of ice on top of the water. I didn't see it fast enough and as I squeezed the cup to take a sip, the ice flew out and all over me. Fun! At the next station I just took Gatorade - no ice yet but it was mighty cold. I was definitely running slow today so I was really far back in the pack - the leaders passed me with 2.1 miles left in their course - I was at mile 5. Yes, you read that right, they were almost done and I had 8.1 miles left to go! By the time I hit the next station with Gatorade the contents of the cup resembled a Slurpee. Nothing solid, just a nice, slushy freeze of yellow Gatorade.
I was so far back in the pack that the second to last table had actually run out of water by the time I got there. And the last station? Well, the first table had a lovely grid of cups with frozen water that were actually frozen to the table. They wouldn't budge. As I passed the last table, a very kind man pried up a frozen cup, violently banged it on the corner of the table to break the ice in the cup and passed it to a grateful me. I got about two sips out of it and then chewed ice chips for the next 5 minutes.
It definitely wasn't my fastest race, but considering I hadn't run further than 6 miles at a time since the Marine Corps Marathon in October, I was happy to just finish. I am, however, pretty sure it was my coldest race. Brrr!