|Borrowed from Jess|
Elevation Change: 200+ft
Weather: 37 degrees, 11 mph winds, hail
Time: 47.5 mins
This year I have been really terrible about my running (even terrible about my walking for that matter), so when I heard about Jingle Bell Hell 2012 from XLMIC and RunWithJess, I just knew I had to commit and see if it would help me get back on track with my outdoor exercising.
As you can see from XLMIC's post linked above, you had 10 days to complete the run (virtually) if you wanted...so I really had no excuse. Since I devised a route on MapMyRun that would allow me to start not too far from home, there was no reason I couldn't get out at do the route a few times before I actually timed myself. Did this happen? NOOOOO! It did not.
If I had been smart, I would have done the training and the race itself all last weekend, when the sun was shining, and the afternoons were hitting a balmy 56 degrees...but I chose to do yardwork instead. So I do take full responsibility for the HELL portion of this experience, but then that was the point so I guess I can't complain too much.
Okay so in my fit of procrastination, I ended up having to do the race with no preparation today. I am still proud of myself that I did get out and do it, so I guess I have that.
1 long sleeve quickdry shirt
1 long sleeve quickdry running shirt
1 long sleeve rain slicker
1 ear warming band
1 set of running gloves
1 set of running socks
1 set of Saucony running shoes
1 set of running tights
1 set of soccer warmup pants
1 reflective belt
Recap: First off, it took about an hour of talking to myself to be convinced I was actually going to do this. Next, it had to be afternoon (which I assumed would be the warmest part of the day) and it had to be after I had some food so I would have enough fuel in me to stay warm and run/walk the route. So about an hour after lunch, I started to gear up.
|Slightly snowy mountains|
|Xmas decor along the way|
By the end of the first mile, I was warmed up and had hit a flat spot in the course. This is where I left a course I knew, onto a course I had only really looked at on a map. The road was 40 mph with a very skinny shoulder. I was glad I was wearing my reflection belt and had my Surefire flashlight so I could hopefully keep from getting run over. Fortunately there wasn't a lot of traffic, and I am sure those that went by were wondering what crazy drugs I must have been on.
|Snowy moutains to the other side|
Managed to run most of the second half, and made my way back towards the finish as it started to hail harder, get colder, and get darker. I took a few pics along the way, as you can see, some of them are not super sharp, but you get the gist. At one photo spot, a lady said hello and then asked me if I lived around there....not sure if she was worried that I was a criminal, or if she was looking for a friend. Either way, I was on a timer so I didn't have time to say much more than "Yeah, over that way" as I pointed behind me.
Got back just as street and Christmas lights were clicking on, and that brought one more smile to my face. I knew it would be toasty when I got inside, and it was. I felt great that I got out there and did it today, and finished it. Even though it wasn't my best 5K time, I was satisfied that I accomplished it given no training time, lousy weather, and no music.
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