Saturday, December 4, 2010

'Tis the Season (5k Race Report)

We got the Turkey Trots out of the way last week, time for Jingle Bell Run season to start!

So how was your week? Mine was pretty low key in terms of workouts. I chose to forgo a couple sessions to do some Christmas shopping after work. Braving the crowds at the mall counts as a workout of sorts in my book.

I woke up this morning and wasn't all that excited to race today. M has Saturdays off this month and we had about 100 1,000 different things to get done. We spent the morning raking leaves and hanging Christmas lights. That combo doesn't sound right does it? Still not quite as strange as hanging Christmas lights on palm trees when we lived in Ft. Lauderdale.

The race started at 3:00, and it broke up the good flow we had going. I was almost ready to skip it.


But I knew I'd get in the spirit once we got there. I ran this race with Emily last year, and it stands out in my memory as one of our first real mother/daughter outings. After finishing the race, we went Christmas shopping and had dinner together at that fine dining establishment known as Cracker Barrel. Just us girls.

Last year

Even though we had the daddy with us this year, I still wanted to run the race pushing Emily to see if by how much we could beat our time from last year.

You know I really love y'all when I start posting scary close-ups without any make-up on. Yeah, I know I need to go back to blonde hair too.


Wow, she has grown.

Emily had a good time with the bells and Santa hats they passed out at registration. Weather conditions were similar to last year, chilly and very windy, as was pretty much everything else. The MC said there were over 600 runners at the start; up from the 400 last year.

Still no chip timing, so I wasn't compensated for my slow start all the way in the back of the pack. After the timing chip debacles at my last two races, old school timing was sounded pretty good anyway.




My official time was listed as 22:34, beating last year's time by almost two and a half minutes, and a new stroller pushing PR. Yay for progress! I am definitely a cold weather runner.

Good enough for 3 place overall female, 1st place in my age group.


Ok, raise your hand (or leave a comment) if you did a jingle bell/santa/elf/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa run this weekend or have one coming up this month.

Stats:
Time: 22:34
Pace: 7:15/mi
Overall: 33/600ish
Gender: 3/?
A/G: 1/?

12 comments:

  1. Gah...you're ridiculously fast. And your running partner is adorable! No Jingle Bell runs here. Just trying to survive the last week of the semester!

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  2. That is impressive considering the extra weight you were pushing! Great job.

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  3. Great job girl! I loved the pictures to see how much E has grown. We all know that she has but it is neat to see the pictures.
    Anyways, long time, no talk. How have you been?
    I have been doing well and keeping up with my running. It is cold up here (28 degrees this morning) but I have been managing to get outside here and then.
    Hope all is well.

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  4. You don't get to shut down and leave exactly at 5 when you're a student. It's round the clock. Hand in there, hope to see you pounding the pavement again soon Lauren!

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  5. Yes, we need to catch up Katie! Sorry I've been MIA, I've seriously been slacking on emails lately. Glad to hear the running is going well.

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  6. I've been running 5k's for 15+ years now, so I don't expect more than very, very incremental gains. I was floored to get into the low 7's pushing the stroller myself.

    I think the heat and humidity affected me more than I realized this year. My breathing has been so much better since the weather turned cold and dry, I seriously feel like a new person.

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  7. I have to agree that braving the mall crowds around Christmas is like a workout in itself! I'm almost done with our shopping... I didn't want to mess around with waiting too late and battling for a parking spot.

    It's interesting you talk about being able to run better when it's cold and dry, because I found running in Colorado easier (minus the thin air that took getting used to) for me than it used to be when I ran in Michigan. MI air always seemed so humid and thick. Ugh. Congrats on a faster time this year too!

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  8. Love your blog found it through Nest H&F! Just caught the part about you living in Ft. Laudy and I can totally relate. DH and I are in a similar postion in moving back to ATL Palm Beach right now and it's so nice to hear other peoples stories.

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  9. Great job girl! I loved the pictures to see how much E has grown. We all know that she has but it is neat to see the pictures.
    Anyways, long time, no talk. How have you been?
    I have been doing well and keeping up with my running. It is cold up here (28 degrees this morning) but I have been managing to get outside here and then.
    Hope all is well.

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  10. Gah...you're ridiculously fast. And your running partner is adorable! No Jingle Bell runs here. Just trying to survive the last week of the semester!

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