Friday, December 16, 2011

Jingle Bell, Jingle Bell, Jingle Bell... Run?

So, last Saturday I ran a Jingle Bell Run 5km. 

Despite my nagging cold, and despite the 17*F temps. Oh yeah... it was a great day for a race. (Never mind that my feet were entirely numb the entire race. Pleasant.)

Originally, I had high hopes of breaking 19:00 for this race, but with my cold, I kinda put that on the back-burner.

Plus, it was a super small race - only 168 people, and I wasn't sure how accurate the course was. (Does anybody else get paranoid about accurate courses? I'm always paranoid they're not really long enough so if I PR it won't count!)

It was the strangest race... because of my cold and the cold temps, I felt very out of it. I was in a daze of sorts. The horn went off, and the race began, and I just started running, fast. It felt fast, but not that fast. 

I couldn't judge my effort very well because it was so cold! It was just a strange feeling, running and not being able to feel your feet at all. 

I went through the supposed one-mile marker in 5:37... which is why I think the course was short. I have never in my life gone through the mile that fast. My fastest ever was 5:55, and I finished that race in the low 19's. So I really doubt that I went out in a 5:37. Hmmmph.

After that, I just kept cruising. I know I slowed down... (because I surely didn't finish in a 17:24, which is a 5:37-pace. :-o)

I passed a few men, which always feels good, and before I knew it, the finish line was in sight! According to my watch, I ran 19:14, and according to the 'official' clock, I ran 19:07. Another reason why I think the course might have been off... there shouldn't have been that much of a difference between the two times.

But, I came in first female overall! Which is always exciting. There were super-cute ornaments as age-group prizes, but the overall prizes had not come in yet, so the race director will be mailing mine. I hope it's a cute ornament as well! Such a unique award rather than a medal or trophy.

So, on my 50-minute drive home, I rewarded myself... with a peppermint mocha. Yum.

And this also happened to be the only photo I got the entire day. No pictures with Santa for me...

In other running news, I achieved one of my goals for 2011 this week! Back in January, I set a goal to run 2011 miles in the year 2011. 

High tech, I know. Wonder if I'll get to 2100 by the end of the year?

Monday was the official day that I passed 2011 miles for the year, so I excitedly told my Business Man. His response: "So that means you don't have to run anymore until 2012, right?" Riiiiight.

Welp, I've got to go ready for school tomorrow! So glad that it's almost Friday... and then just 3 days of school next week until 9 days off! Woot woot.


Vanessa @ Gourmet Runner said...

Nice job on the 5k - especially in those chilly conditions!!! And an extra congrats for meeting your mileage goal for the year too!

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