Happy Sunday Peeps :). I hope everyone’s having a great weekend and staying warm!
Our temperatures took a nose-dive downward and it’s now too cold to wear shorts. The high today is only supposed to be in the 40s, and the wind chill made last night’s temperatures seem to be in the teens. Fortunately, we’ll be back in the 60s by Wednesday, and this is the first real winter cold we’ve had so far. I guess everyone who got a new coat for Christmas (including my husband) can finally wear it for a day or two…
Fortunately, the cold and winds held off until last night, which meant that the weather was great for the 12K race I did. The Ebenezer Baptist Miles for Missions 5k/12k was Saturday morning at 8 AM, and the fact that I live super close to the race made up for the early start time.
I’ve never actually raced a 12K before, so I wasn’t really sure how to train, so I tried to do as many longer (meaning 5 miles or more) runs as I could in the past month or so. I also ran the 12K distance probably 4 times to get used to pacing myself for 7.45 miles (even though everyone’s GPS watch or RunKeeper said the race was actually 7.7 miles).
I also loaded more songs on my iPod. Longer race = Need more music. I don’t see how people can do races longer than 5K without music.
This was the race’s first year, and it was really well attended- 121 people did the 5K, and 35 people did the 12K. A bunch of us from work ran it, along with some of my other runner friends like Colea and Running Tracts, the Coward running club (No, that’s not a typo- South Carolina has a town named Coward). We even convinced Nick to run the 12K the night before the race :).
One of my coworkers at ACS is actually going on the mission trip that the race funded, so it was pretty neat to have a personal connection to the cause.
The course was really well marked and had lots of volunteers with water stations (4 total for the 12Kers) and police presence- which was really nice considering we had to run over an overpass. I hate running over bridges or overpasses and looked the other direction- NOT toward the cars below- the whole time. The weather wasn’t bad (little chilly, calm winds, sunny) and the road was pretty much empty of cars at 8 AM.
The 12K peeps also had to run past the 5Kers finish line- what a tease!
I really didn’t pass many people (I did pass two of my fellow track coaches…) and tried to keep up with the same lady the last half of the race. I kept up with her, but never could pass- she beat me by one second. Since she’s the mom of one of the kids I coach and a really nice lady raising another amazing runner, it’s all good :).
I finished in 1:01:56, for a 7.7 mile course, and it was about an 8:01 pace. That’s my usual pace for pretty much any distance lately; I’m definitely a distance girl and do better in long races. I was the 2nd place female overall :). Pretty sure I owe it to the delicious Snickers cupcake I had the day before…
One of the little boys from the Track Club won 3rd place overall in the 5K (yes, he is 8 years old and was 2nd place overall male). He outran his dad and all of us coaches were super proud of him, even though we can’t keep up with him either ;). The ACS crowd pretty much all said they did better than they expected, and Nick surprised himself, running about a 10:00 mile pace (ran the whole time) with Colea. Pretty good for deciding to race the night before ;).
I got a cute t-shirt that’s perfect for Valentine’s Day and a sweet red coffee mug as a prize. I love medals and plaques, but with the way I drive coffee, this mug will definitely hardcore use- especially if the weather keeps up!
This was a great race and very well organized. The church actually asked us for our feedback, but all of us who ran it really enjoyed ourselves and said we’d run it again and wouldn’t change anything.
After the race, I came home and took a nice hot shower, ate lunch, and watched Gossip Girl and Clueless. Clueless is the quintessential 90s movie and always reminds me of junior high- As if! I basically snuggled in front of the TV all. day. long. and didn’t even get dressed to leave the house!
The wind picked up that evening, so Clay and I opted for Papa John’s delivery for dinner. I had a coupon for a free one-topping, so we got that and some wings (for him) and stayed inside and watched The Source Code. He got it from Netflix, and it was definitely a weird movie but really good, if you haven’t seen it. We like nerd movies :).
Since I’m officially caught up with running and resting, I’m going to make a grocery list and head to the grocery store and then the gym… and stay warm :).
Q1.) Which movies remind you of your childhood? Well… Disney movies like Aladden remind me of elementary school, along with movies like Heidi, Little Rascals, Home Alone, Richie Rich, and A Little Princess. Clueless reminds me of my middle school/junior high days. As for high school, I always think of Remembering the Titans because I saw that when it came out, either my junior or senior year (don’t remember).
Q2.) Would you prefer prizes like medals or plaques, or something you can use (coffee mugs, hats, gift cards)? To me, the coolest “memento” type prizes are those that are handmade (wood-carved plaque from the Polar Bear 5K). Otherwise, I’d rather get something like the coffee mug because I can use it. Medals are fun if they’re personalized with the race name and place, but even those tend to just collect dust…
Q3.) Do you get pizzas delivered or go to the restaurant and pick them up? We do a mixture of both, usually picking them up ourselves, but we were more than happy to pay the delivery charge and tip last night instead of getting dressed and going out!