If its Christmastime, it must be 12Ks of Christmas time! This has been a staple in my running career since I started running. So of course I planned my Christmas trip back to Seattle in time to be able to run it.
If you register in time (which I did!) they offer packet pick-up the day before at Everyday Athlete. It was super easy and I was in and out in a flash.
The race started at 9:35, which meant I could sleep in a smidge! Woohoo!
Considering I hadn’t really run since Wine & Dine, I had very low expectations for this race. They let us go in waves of a couple hundred each. I set out and tried to get into a groove.
The course has gone through several changes over the past few years, but I really do like this last version. There are still hills, but its Seattle, or rather, Kirkland. Pretty hard to avoid hills altogether. But the course has definitely been smoothed out. A decent amount of the race now takes place along the Kirkland Cross Corridor Trail, which also means a decent amount of time spent on gravel roads.
Towards the end I was definitely feeling the effects of not having run – i.e. I was tired! My run intervals had significantly slowed down, but I was still running.
My favorite change to the course is the downhill to the finish line! And finally it was in sight! I didn’t really have a finishing kick left, but I gave it all I had.
Going into this I didn’t have high hopes, but my secret goal was under 1:35. I came in at 1:33:52, which I was more than happy with.
So ends 2016 in races.