December 25, 2012
I rose before the sun to meet my sole sisters for a Christmas morning run. I was pleased to see fifteen women up and out, many sacrificing time spent with family. Being away from my own family, it was especially nice to start my day with my running family.
I had registered for the Running Nerds virtual winter 5k that had to be completed by New Year’s Day. I knew that I would push myself harder if I ran it with the group as opposed to running it alone. So, I dressed in my race t-shirt and attached my number (522) to my shirt and put my jacket on. I started my warm up chatting it up with a few of the girls. We were going to run intervals; which I had never done in a race. But no one knew I was racing. I ran as close to the lead group as I could. I had high hopes for completing this 5k with a personal record. As I ran, I had my Nike+ app going. At one mile, when my pace was just over eleven minutes, i knew I was off to a good start. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to continue the intervals or just do what I had done in my previous race and run the entire time. It was just three miles and I knew I was capable of running the whole thing. At mile two, my app indicated that my pace was just over twelve minutes. When I reached mile three, I had done what I set out to do. I had completed another race and I had set a personal record of three minutes faster than my previous race.
I was thankful for my unofficial race partners who kept me motivated, not just the race but also for the additional five miles that we ran.
What an awesome Christmas run. All I wanted was an Epsom salt bath.