Jingle Bell 8km Run

I needed to do one more race this year to qualify for the MCRRC Championship series. If I qualified I basically had second place looked up, not because I’m the second best person in that age group but because I’ve done enough races, I know there are a lot faster people behind me in the standings.

Knowing I “had to” do this race it made it a lot easier to get up this morning when the weather was in the 30’s and raining. I got over there, signed up and then waited in the car with the heater until about 10 minutes before the race and I warmed up for a little bit. Given how bad the weather looked it was surprising to see so many people out for the race.

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As soon as the race started my legs wanted nothing to do with racing so I knew it was going to be a slow day. I ran a decent first mile but then the course went uphill and onto a little trail. I got behind some people running at a slower pace then I wanted but instead of passing them I just stayed behind until we got back on the road.

I tried to pick up the pace a little but my legs didn’t feel like going back to the pace of my first mile so I just cruised along  until we went onto another sidewalk/trail and I slowed a little bit more. The course had a lot of little rolling hills which kept things interesting but the cold, cold rain made for a couple of slippery spots. I just cruised along the rest of the race and finished in 37:xx averaging just under a 7:30 min/mile pace.

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After the race I had some nice icicles forming on my hat and I learned the difference between “water resistant” and “water proof”, my pants and shirt were soaked and as soon as I stopped running I was freezing.  Looking back it probably would have been a good idea to bring a change of clothes.

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And here are some pictures from the snow storm we got last week.

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