On Saturday 12/7/2008 I ran my third 5k. I ran the 2008 Jingle Bell Run. It is a pretty large 5k at around 800 runners. John ran the race and Corey and Marie came along to cheer us on and be our Running Moms for the morning. I had fun running the race.
I had hoped to PR. I hoped to break 20 minutes as that is one of my long term running goals. Alas it was not to be. I arrived nice and early and took some time to warm up before the race by gently running a couple of miles. When the race started I was nice and comfortable even though I had given my jacket and wind pants to my Running Mom. John on the other hand was shivering. It was about 20 degrees out and there was a slight wind. It was COLD!
The course is nice. It’s simple and relatively flat. The first mile was marked but no other mile markers existed. I ran the first mile in 6:37 which was pretty far behind the 6:25 pace I needed to run the race in 20 minutes. I knew even before the race that I probably wouldn’t break 20 minutes but I still hoped that I might surprise myself. My legs were in rough shape due to putting in a fair amount of miles with little rest.
The muscles on my shins were on FIRE! They just weren’t working right. I couldn’t get the speed I needed. During the race I kept thinking that the second mile was really long and I was right — without a mile marker I really had no idea how well I was doing. When we came out onto the final stretch I looked at my watch. It read 19:15. I knew, based on the distance I had to go, that there was no way I’d finish before 20 minutes. Still I picked up the pace to get as close as I could.
I passed a handful of people and crossed the finish line. For the very first time I finished a race with a shirt on. I broke my tradition. This was also the second race I’ve ever run where I didn’t set a PR. Oh well. It wasn’t a surprise and I wasn’t disappointed. I know that I need to start doing speedwork if I want to get my times down. Now is the right time because I actually want to do the speedwork!
I finished in 20:57 a 6:45 average pace. I finished fourth in my age group and 47th overall.