10Ks aren't as much fun as half marathons, but their a sight better than 5Ks. 5Ks are just an exercise in pain management, perhaps not as bad as 800s, but still to be avoided as possible.
the last time I did the jingle bell run was in '07, which was a good year for me. some good races, and some bad, but for the most part everything I put a serious effort into went fairly well. this race in particular. records say I finished in 42:38, but I blamed it on the course being short.
Could be that. Or it could be I had a really good race. Maybe some of both. But I took away from that experience that maybe I had some speed that I hadn't tapped into yet. Well, I was slower this year, but I still put up a respectable showing, i think: a decent 43:47. Not sub-7 pace, but pretty close. Got me 19th overall, though only 6th in my Age group. it's not like I'll ever be going sub 30, or even sub 40 unless I have some sort of break through.
First mile went how first miles usually go. I started off a little slow till I figured how my body would respond to race pace. During my warm up I had to walk for a bit to keep myself from throwing up. Bit of irony that was lost on me at the time, but I didn't have any problems with my stomach during the race. So I guess it was worth it. Still, I was worried that I'd mess up someone's lawn for a bit.
Ran with a friend of mine who wasn't going to race the race- or so she said before the race started. She did a five mile easy run before the race, and was thinking that she'd just run with a friend. Well, she pulled ahead of me after mile one and finished well enough to take female Master's. I was happy enough just to be able to keep her in sight for a couple of miles.
Also was recognized by one of my customers; a high school cross country runner whose mom is the team's coach. I was surprised that she was able to do any sort of recognition during the race- personally, I'm usually too absorbed to recognize anyone unless I run with them on a regular basis.
Anyway, i got to the end and saw the time counting its way up to 44, which I beat, and the runner up ahead of me, whom I didn't. Couldn't have asked for better weather, or a better marked course, and it was fairly flat. though I like hills; gives me a reason to say why I didn't earn a PR. Even though in this race I say that I did, if the '07 race really was short.
This week, I've got the trot with turkeys, which I'm looking forward to. Always fun running around someone else's stomping ground.