The Jingle Bell Run was my 6th race of 2011.
Yes! On 12.17.11, I broke my own PR (personal record). In the SNOW.
Let’s talk about this more. I started running with C25k (Couch to 5k) on May 23. Seven months ago, to be exact. I started running in rainy spring. I had some really beautiful running weather, even though I didn’t even know what that was yet. By the time I finished C25k, all ten weeks of it, including the extra week I had to repeat because I wasn’t ready to move forward, I ran in the morning, I ran at night, I ran in the rain, and I ran in the scorching August heat. When it got too hot, I ran on the treadmill, and joined the gym. C25k changed my active life, and turned me in to the runner I am.
2 weeks ago, as part of my 1/2 marathon training, I ran when it was 10 degrees. THAT felt hardcore. But the snow really threw me off. It may have had something to do with the fall I had a few weeks ago. Walking out the front door and in to the snow in my running shoes just felt totally wrong. I could feel my feet slipping on the sidewalk, and it just didn’t feel right.
The race started and ended at the Peggy Notebart Museum. It was a little zoo-ey in the museum as the Green City Farmers market was also taking place, but there’s nothing like vendors selling organic fresh roasted chestnuts to get you in to the holiday mood! I checked my bag and went to the bathroom, etc. getting pre-race jitters. When the museum lobby got too crowded, I waited outside. Yep… still snowing. I tried to wait under the entryway to keep from getting too much snow on me, but even that got crazy crowded.
I went to the starting line and ended up doing a few warmup laps. I have seen in some running/race tips that some people recommend a warm-up mile before a race. This may seem like a crazy idea, but the more I think of it, the more I think that is a good idea The key is to not allow too much time to pass between your warm up and the race start. I feel like I waited in the starting line up for too long.
The first quarter mile or so was just getting used to the ground, and trying not to fall. I was more aware of everyone around me, and watching their footfalls too. After awhile of that, I had to remind myself that if I stared at the ground too long I would do just as much damage if I ran in to something ahead of me! First mile and the clock read 11:45. Whaaat? I have NEVER seen a clock lower that 13:00 at Mile 1. I secretly smiled, then reminded myself to slow down. Mile 1-2 was something of a struggle. My brain wasn’t in the game. Too distracted by trying to talk myself out of wanting to stop, and trying to just concentrate on sloooowing down my pace. Mile 2: 23:30. Still way fast. The turn around and the return 1.5 was the slipperiest, but that is where I felt I hit my stride. By Mile 3 (35:00) I felt like I could run 3 more miles.
Official chip time showed that I beat my own PR, in the snow. Yay!
Now back to concentrating on training for F^3 Half Marathon. Was supposed to be an 8 mile run yesterday, but I turned my focus to the 5k instead. Going to make up for it with 3 miles on the treadmill today.