I let myself "sleep in" until around 8:30 and then headed out to the Tobacco Trail around 9:30. Since I have been working on increasing my running time, my plan was to run the first two miles and then see how I felt after that. I felt like my first mile was drag-ass-y (as always), second felt ok, and it got better after that.
I was not surprised to see a lot of runners out there getting their Christmas Eve run on! Even
Here are my splits:
Mile 1: 11:53
Mile 2: 12:22
Mile 3: 12:11
Mile 4: 12:38
Mile 5: 11:50
Mile 6: 12:24
.21: 2:04 (average pace 10:06)
Apparently I was not dragging ass as much as I thought in Mile 1. Really, there is a slight uphill grade for nearly the entire second mile, and I was getting tired, so I did not worry about speed and just concentrated on keeping it going.
Miles 3 through 6 - I walked the first 2 minutes of each mile! And I still had good times (good for me!). I am shocked and thrilled. I know that if I had not been running a "race" I would not have pushed myself to do this, but now that I have, I know I have no excuse not to keep it up!
I even had a pretty good kick at the end.
I am super proud of myself for doing this and doing it well. Since I have never raced this distance, it is a PR for me, too!
Time to beat: 1:15:22
As always, running is the best way to start the day, although I was seriously wiped for much of the rest of the day! After I was done, I had a few last minute errands to run (one gift-related and one food-related), and then I got down to cooking and cleaning...Christmas Eve was a quiet and casual with just some friends over for dinner. After cleaning, I had to lay down for a quick nap to recover before starting on dinner. Then after dinner, I had to catch some more zzzz's (with alarm set!) before getting up to help Santa.
Santa, by the way, thoroughly enjoyed the cookies and egg nog left out for him, and will be spending the next few weeks working out with me to hold back the jelly belly!
I hope you all had a wonderful holiday...now I have caught my daughter's cold and am settling in for a long winter's nap, but soon it will be time for some ringing in of the new year, complete with Twenty Twelve Intentions!
Ho, Ho, Home for the Holidays 10k - see you next year!