On the 1st K of Christmas, I ran across the start line! That’s right, I ran!! Welcome back Emily. I’m still running in one minute increments. This is one of my favorite races. I just love the costumes, especially the dogs wearing costumes. It is such a fun race.
I met up with a couple of co-workers before the race (we were a mixed bag, some doing the 12K, some doing the 5K). It was misty, but thankfully that’s all it was because I had forgotten a hat. The 5K started off and then it was time for the 12K to start. I lined up in the 12+ minutes per mile category, which was also called the fast walker category. I get to run, but I have to line up in a walker category? I don’t know if it was better lining up in the walker category or the jogger category. In any case, I lined up and then we were off!! And I was running across the start line!
One house we ran by had Christmas music playing for us – love it!
My time goal was under 2 hours. But my secret time goal was to get under 1 hour and 45 minutes. To put this into perspective, my best time on this course previously was 1:42:28 and that was when I was running and not coming off a knee injury.
The Ks kept going by and I started paying attention to my watch. My secret time goal was definitely within reach. If I kept up the pace. But with the big hill behind me, and the majority of the rest of the course downhill or flat it was looking more and more like a possibility.
I kept up my running increments and was heading towards the finish line at the same time the kids race was finishing. Which meant it was a bit chaotic. But I RAN across the finish line!! My time – 1:39:34 – holy cow!! That would be a PR. Can I say that again? I PR’d – 1:39:34!! I am going to bask in this glow for awhile. Wow!!
P.S. I am participating in Katye’s Virtual 12Ks of Christmas so this race was doing double-duty as my December race and my entry into the virtual 12Ks of Christmas! Oh wait, it was actually doing triple duty as this is also Run #1.4!! Wow, I got a lot of mileage out of this one race.