My Holiday Races

I did it, I ran a 5k on Thanksgiving and a 10k the following weekend. Not sure why, but I did!

The 5k on Thanksgiving, aptly named “Gobble Wobble” was outside at our lovely community park and it was freezing! I couldn’t find my gloves before I left nor the night before, so about 5 minutes before the race started, I couldn’t feel them.

I placed 27th in my age group (30-34), with a pace of 11:26 and a total time of 35:27.27. That’s 3 minutes slower than my time at the 5k in September, which I’m not thrilled about, but given that I’ve never run in 20-30 degree weather, I’m not terribly upset.

The following weekend, this past weekend, I ran an indoor 10k at the IX Center near Cleveland, OH. It was awesome! The course was done over all 3 levels of the building and including 6 100 and 200 feet inclines/declines of 7 inches, I felt all 7 inches of those believe me.

The 5k ran it once, the 10k twice, and I’m really proud of myself for finishing! I did so in 1:14.00 – unofficially per my Nike Run Club app since I have no idea where to find it online to check my official time. Which breaks down to about a 12:00 pace. I did walk a few more times or longer on a few than I wanted to, but as far as my first ever 10k goes, being 20 minutes off the first place finisher isn’t too shabby.

Half way through and multiple times after, I found myself smiling and laughing at myself saying “DUDE, you’re doing it! You’re actually running a 10k, this is crazy! I’m so proud of you!” I know this sounds corny and I didn’t use to care about self talk or pumping myself up for fear of coming off as arrogant, but what a difference it makes!

Just encouraging myself, putting in the time and the thoughts when no one else is there, when I could have been eating pizza and watching movies, I was there, running and bettering myself and it felt fantastic! I don’t know if it was a ‘runner’s high’ or just me finally allowing myself to show myself some love, but I can’t wait to do it again!

Oh, almost forgot, everyone who ran the 10k got a medal, the one I’m holding… no big deal or anything, but it SPINS! The IX Center has a huge ferris wheel inside of it and the medal is the ferris wheel, so the wheel spins! Sometimes the little things make it so worth it! One medal down, a ton more to go…..

January starts my training for an Olympic Triathlon in June. I am aiming for the June 24th race in Philadelphia, part of the Escape Series of races. 1500 meter swim – 26 mile bike – 10K run. I am fully prepared to get my butt kicked by my trainer/boss and can’t wait to get back into the type of training I had in college and high school.

I know it’ll be hard, but I know it’ll be worth even more when I cross that finish line in Philly in June!

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