November 24th I ran the Dirty Dirty 5k. The weather was quite chilly but I finally dressed appropriately. Triathlons and running races over the summer are easy to dress for...I just wear my Triathlon uniforms; however, in the winter months I've had trouble wearing the right amount of layers and usually end up too hot or too cold. The course was nice and I saw familiar faces. I'm always anxious at the begining of a race, everyone starts out so fast and it can get discouraging as faster runners pass.
I kept a steady pace in the begining, finding a few ladies who appeared to be at a similar pace. I stayed with them through the water stop. Once we left the half way point I started to pick it up so that I could get ahead. Sure enough I got ahead but then I wasn't sure how much further I had to go and was doubting the distance left so I held back enough to keep ahead of those I passed.
My friend Amy and her friend came back to cheer me through the fnish line, I was totally stoked to see them and really appreciated the cheers :) I sprinted in for a 36:43 finish time. I'm still getting the hang of the hills and terrain that comes with running in the woods.
On December 24th I ran the Frosty 5miler. I didn't sleep well the night before and was a bit dehydrated but I'm glad that I showed up. This race was a road race. The course was flat, but it was a little icy. I have this fear of falling when running in the winter that I can't seem to get over. I ran cautiously but was feeling winded and under the weather. It was not my best run but I stayed ahead, wasn't last, and passed 1 person coming into the finish line. I finished with a time of 1:00:49, a 12:10 mile....much slower that my summer running, yikes!
I have a lot of work to do over the winter but I'm ready to step up to the challenge! Next race is April 28th, my first 25k trail run.