Sunday, December 11, 2011

Jingle All the Way 8K Round-Up

I haven’t updated in a while - not because I haven’t been running but because I’m still working through a to-do list that seems to get longer.  Things should slow down a bit soon, so I’ll be updating a lot more about my next training cycle, which includes preparations for the GW Birthday Marathon in February (which I’m running as a relay with Stef and Max) and the Rock ‘n’ Roll USA Half Marathon in March.

Stef had the idea to run the Jingle All the Way 8K and host a delicious brunch after the race.  Three of us - Laura, Stef, and myself - decided to brave the cold and head down to Freedom Plaza for this morning's race.  

The race was delayed by about fifteen minutes, most of which was spent huddled with Laura and Stef at the start.  (At one point, the crowd started to sing Christmas carols at the start because, as we all know, "The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for al to hear.")  It wasn’t terrible, and, after seeing the disastrous start at the Run for Hot Chocolate in National Harbor, I counted my lucky stars that we only had to wait around for 15 minutes. 

Of course, standing in one place in the cold for that long meant that my toes were a little cold when the race finally started. I found running space quickly, but I can’t say that I felt my toes for the first two miles. I definitely started the race too quickly and ended up slowing down during the third mile.  During the last mile, I pushed through until I saw the finish line.

Personal Best: 43:36, Run! Geek! Run! 8K
Gun time: 47:31
Net time: 44:38
Average Pace: 8:59
Division: 104/383

I would have liked to set a PR, but I’ll have to try that at my next 8K.  My plan is to run easy and work on building strength so that I’m ready to start my next round of training.   

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