Photos by OHventures
It's cold, it's snowy, it's windy. No one wants to go outside, let alone run outside.
Thanks to our friends at Run To You Racing, there is a solution to that: the Ice Breaker Indoor 5K! This novel concept takes all the things you hate about winter running and throws it out the window. It's a 5K race that is housed under the roof of the Kent State University Field House in Kent, Portage County. Gone are the hills, the puddles, the runny noses, and the layers of gear to keep you warm. It's all indoors, and it's all good!
My friend Matt and I have been wanted to kick off our racing season early this year, and the Ice Breaker Indoor 5K on January 30 was the perfect way to start things off right. The race began bright and early at 7AM, and required you to run around the indoor track at the Field House a total of 17 times (plus a little extra in order to make it a perfect 5000 meters).
You'd think it would get monotonous or boring running around the same indoor track nearly 18 times, but it was actually pretty exciting. You were able to see all of your fellow competitors as they also circled the course, and you would get to see your time displayed each time you lapped the start/finish line. There were also water fountains easily accessible, and of course, no cold air to keep you down (it actually was a bit too warm, if you can believe it).
Honestly, this was my first time running since before Christmas, so I was way over due, and I also benefited from the easy terrain. My time was 26:03, which is not my best, but definitely a good start and a good motivation to improve over the course of the year.
The best part of the race, though, was our reward when it was all over: a giant greasy spoon breakfast at Mike's Place, a staple in Kent.
Hopefully indoor 5Ks become more common, because Matt and I would definitely partake.