I ran in the Raleigh Jingle Bell 5k Run/Walk for Arthritis on Saturday and had a good old time. Normally I would shy away from a winter race because running in the cold is not my favorite. The cold in general is not my favorite – runny noses and numb appendages are just not my thang (yeah, I said thang). But a few friends were running in this event and I have been desperately itching to race.
The course was a simple out-and-back route down Hillsborough Road in Downtown Raleigh. The weather turned out to be a bizarre 60 degrees on the 1st of December which was both a blessing and a curse. Blessing: no numb appendages. Curse: I felt it would be too ridiculous to run a race in shorts and a tank top in December so I went with shorts and a long-sleeved shirt. By the second mile I felt like I was slowly roasting with the sun beating down on the road and couldn’t do a thing about it since my number was pinned to my outer layer.
Otherwise, the event went well. It was mega crowded as only a family-friendly 5k in the state capital can be but after side stepping a fleet of baby strollers and power walkers in the first tenth of a mile I rather enjoyed myself. Running a 5k is always a challenge in pacing for me; I either act like I am running 6 miles and end up with way too much energy or am like “this is 3 miles so I can SPRINT”. I clearly need to invest in a watch.
I always like out and back courses because you get to see all the inhumanly fast top finishers lap the rest of the field on their way back toward the start. The winner of the whole thing was running sub 5 minute miles. I’m pretty sure he is actually The Flash.
I, on the other hand, am not The Flash. But I did finish the race in 25:01. I am pretty satisfied with the time given my level of training lately and now I am beyond excited to get the next few weeks of chaos out of the way and to get training and racing back in my sights in 2013.