As I said yesterday, I’m not going to sit here and blame the freezing temperatures or the ice / slush on the ground as the reason I did not reach my goal. I signed up for a race in the winter in NYC, so ice/snow/freezing temperature kind of goes along with the territory. Do I think the conditions caused me to go a bit slower than I would have if things were warmer/drier? Yes. Definitely. Do I think they caused me to run 94 seconds slower (~15 sec/mile) than I needed to? That may be a stretch. And I can’t sit here today and “blame” the elements for that substantial of a time difference.
At the end of the day, I’ll really never know. There’s no way to rewind that race, that one moment in time and do it again with better conditions. So rather than dwell on what I didn’t accomplish and be pissed off at the external factors, I’m going to chalk it up as a great training run (and lesson) for my bigger goal this spring – sub-3:10 at the NJ Marathon.